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Ripon police, firefighters battle on the court
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Ripon seventh grader Mason Ferrulli, right, sits on the Ripon Christian gym flood with his friends watching the fundraising basketball game Saturday night. They are, from left, Nicholas Eastman, Drake Metal, Bradley Reedy and Ferrulli. - photo by GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

A basketball competition between Ripon’s first responders – firefighters and police officers – helped raise $2,500 toward the medical bills for 12-year-old brain cancer victim Mason Ferrulli.

The game took place Saturday evening at the Ripon Christian High School gym.

Mason had first contracted cancer in 2017 with a resulting surgery that appeared to have totally removed the tumor but it reemerged this year according to his dad.

The Ripon Police team beat the firefighters on the hardwoods in a score of 43-31. 

Ferrulli is one of two Weston Elementary students to contract cancer in recent years.

Mason and his three friends — who have been with him through his medical ordeal and recovery  — sat quietly on the hardwood next to the court during the game.

Family and friends have set up a account that raised a considerable amount of money. Those wishing to help can find Mason’s GoFundMe account through Facebook or directly through the GoFundMe site.

Mason is currently being home schooled in a move that followed his surgery at Children’s Hospital in the Bay Area.  Manteca Ford Dealer Phil Waterford hearing his story, hosted the boys at a basketball camp in Oakland where they got to meet players including Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors and were included in a homecoming parade.  

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