Meet the 942 Crew's newest member: Brennan Korn

The ASU student section brought in a new member earlier this month

During ASU volleyball’s home match against Washington State on Oct. 5, the 942 Crew partnered with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation to adopt Brennan Korn into ASU's student section. 

Brennan Korn’s sister, Bridget Korn, is currently battling cancer, and the family came in contact with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting children who are fighting cancer by partnering them with local groups, to help make the experience possible.

It originally started with one girl, Jaclyn Murphy, who battled a brain tumor as a child. During her fight against cancer, her dad set her up with their local collegiate lacrosse team.

After Jaclyn defeated cancer, the Murphy family saw what this experience did for Jaclyn during her fight and created the foundation. The program also has a focus on siblings who often feel neglected while their sister or brother is sick.

“Over the past eight to 10 years, (ASU Athletics) had three or four kids from Friends of Jaclyn,” Associate Athletic Director Bill Kennedy said. “They contacted us over the summer and said, 'Hey we are trying something new….We were wondering if we could have the 942 Crew adopt her brother and take him to games with them.'”

The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation came in contact with the 942 Crew over the summer to see if they were interested in adopting Brennan Korn to be a part of the student section.

"We as an organization have been expanding our reach to include a lot more options for families in terms of alternative sports, art programs and clubs," Executive Director Erin Perkins said. "So in just discussing all that with Bill (Kennedy), he suggested it, and we both really thought it would be a super fun idea for the family and provide a lot more opportunities for them to be involved."

During Friday night’s match, Brennan Korn officially became an honorary member of the 942 Crew.

“It’s a chance not only for us to give back to our community but to adopt a little brother in a sense,” Adrian Muniz, a sophomore executive board member of the 942 Crew, said. “With him and his family going through such hard times, with his little sister having pediatric cancer, 942 Crew is another place for him to come to have a good time, and we are always there for him.”

Bridget Korn’s treatments take place at St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. so unfortunately, she and her mom are there, while her Brennan Korn and dad have stayed home in Phoenix.

The adoption of Brennan Korn into the student section was originally planned for ASU volleyball’s Pediatric Cancer Awareness Weekend, but due to him and his dad flying to Memphis, it was postponed until the next home match against Washington State.

In addition to Brennan Korn's fun night on Oct. 5, there is even greater news for the Korn family.

"I got feedback. It seems like it went really, really well," Perkins said. "We just learned that Brennan's sister Bridget just went under her last chemotherapy treatment, so the family is really riding high."



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