On January 16, 2024, Marist High School and Brother Rice High School competed in the annual Battle of Pulaski rivalry basketball game. This year, the game was hosted at Brother Rice. While the two schools have a classic rivalry, on this night they came together to pay it forward in support of the Weish4Ever’s mission of uplifting families battling cancer. The partnership between Marist, Brother Rice, and Weish4Ever makes total sense as Andrew and his brother Dan both attended Br. Rice- Andrew graduated in 2009 and Dan graduated in 2011. Their youngest brother, Nic, attended Marist, graduating in 2014. Andrew passed away in 2012 and in early 2013, Weish4Ever was created in his honor.
The game began how we, as Catholics, always begin athletic games- with prayer. At half-time, the Andrew Weishar Foundation presented two families, one from Marist and one from Br. Rice, with $7,500 checks to help alleviate some of the financial burden that comes with battling cancer. In large part thanks to the love and support of the Marist and Rice networks, Weish4Ever has supported over 500 patients throughout Chicagoland, granting over $3 million directly to families battling cancer. At the end of the game, the Weish Foundation began the tradition of a new Battle of Pulaski trophy and presented the first Pulaski Post to Br. Rice. We look forward to the game next year and bringing the Pulaski Post over to 115th St!
Marist High School is proud to be a part of this tradition and looking forward to continuing our partnership with Brother Rice and Weish4Ever for years to come.
About the Andrew Weishar Foundation
Before he passed in October of 2012, Andrew asked his younger brother Dan to “pay forward” the acts of kindness and generosity shown to their family. In early 2013, Weish4Ever was created to honor this selfless request, specifically by: easing the financial burden, bringing joy, and ensuring patients and their families know they’re not alone in this fight against cancer. The Foundation provides direct financial assistance to families with adolescents and young adults battling cancer.