Paul Drury birthday

The Ambrose School eighth-grade class hosted a surprise birthday party for Paul Drury (center) on Nov. 22 at Wahooz in Meridian. The party came early, as Drury will be in Seattle undergoing a bone marrow transplant during his actual birthday as part of his leukemia treatment.

The crowd at The Ambrose School boys varsity game on Tuesday will be a sea of orange — a sign of support for eighth-grader Paul Drury.

Drury was diagnosed with leukemia in April. He is spending the next four months in Seattle to undergo a bone marrow transplant.

To show support, the school is giving away orange T-shirts to the first 600 fans at the basketball game against Cole Valley Christian High School, which starts at about 7 p.m.

Orange is the color of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the shirts will read “Pray for Paul” and "No One Fights Alone.” The shirt will be free, and donation buckets will be set out to collect contributions to help the Drury family with expenses during their time in Seattle.

“Even though he's in Seattle far away, we haven't forgotten about him,” said Chris Browne, Drury's principal. “The whole school and valley continue to worry about him and pray for him.”

Drury will be able to live stream the game from the school's Facebook page. Browne said he hopes it sends the message that the school is standing with him.

The community also showed support for Drury on Thanksgiving, when about 400 people ran in the Greater 5K race and raised $9,000 for the Drury family, according to an email from The Ambrose School spokeswoman Molly Blakeman.

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The Drury family moved to Idaho from New Jersey in last year after learning that Ambrose was one of the top classical Christian schools in the country, according to a video produced by an Ambrose student.

Paul attends Ambrose with his brother, Billy, who is a senior, Browne said. Both boys enjoy competitive go-kart racing. Paul has had to put that passion on hold during the treatment.

“The first year after bone marrow transplant is really telling,” Browne said. “The general prognosis is pretty positive.”

IF YOU GO

  • What: The Ambrose School vs. Cole Valley Christian High School boys varsity basketball game and "Orange Out" event for Paul Drury
  • When: After the junior varsity game, at about 7 p.m. Tuesday
  • Where: The Ambrose School, 6100 N. Locust Grove Road, Meridian

WATCH

Learn more about Paul Drury's story in this video: https://vimeo.com/193620062

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