We Love Lari Challenge

$17,658 of $10k goal

Raised by 197 people in 31 months
Aquarius Ketner   WILMINGTON, MA

The University of Massachusetts has an athletic program like no other...We are like no other because the bond between us lasts a lifetime. One of us needs some help right now, so let's stand up as teammates and friends and do all that we can!
If you know UMass Basketball, then you should know the name Lari Ketner. He was a standout on the team and also spent some time in the NBA. He is now fighting a very tough battle off the court against cancer. Otherwise perfectly healthy, on August 28, 2013 at 36 years old, Lari was diagnosed with STAGE IV COLON CANCER. 
Lari is recently married to his wife Aquarius and has custody of his two boys. He is very active in his community and his church. He is a man who relies heavily on faith and the power of prayer. He would rather prayers be sent, but let's take some of the financial burden off his family so that they can focus on faith and heeling.
"Refuse to Lose" has been the mantra of The University of Massachusetts Men's Basketball Team. A very important part of that team and of all UMass Athletics is a man named Bob Otrondo. He is the Strength and Conditioning Coach and has always been a source of support and motivation for all of his athletes, even staying in touch and challenging them years after graduation.
Here is his latest challenge...It is called the WE LOVE LARI CHALLENGE...He is challenging 100 people to give $100 to this fund. He is also challenging those to can not give $100 to give something, every donation helps.
Let's spread the word and beat this challenge!


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Update 36
1 month ago
Join us for the 2nd Annual Lari A. Ketner 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament!
Get registered quick! There are 23 spots available. Registration forms are available on location at New Haven MBC or email to sponsor a team and/or receive a registration form electronically.

Who will take home the trophy this year?
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Update 35
3 months ago
Continuing Lari's Legacy
via DroppingDimes.org

April 27, 2016

Special Thanks to the Ketner Family

The assistance the Dropping Dimes Foundation is able to provide to former American Basketball Association players and personnel is made possible by the generous donations of our supporters.

We would like to take a moment to acknowledge a recent special show of support from Mrs. Aquarius Ketner, wife of former NBA Pacer Lari Ketner.
Lari’s hard-fought battle with cancer ended with his passing at the age of 37 in October of 2014. The 6’10” UMass graduate was drafted in 1999 by the Chicago Bulls. After the Bulls, Ketner went on to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers and then the Indiana Pacers.

After learning about the Dropping Dimes Foundation, Aquarius was gracious enough to provide us with a donation of Lari’s shoes and suits, all in fantastic condition and ready to serve some former players in need very well. Clothing for former professional basketball players is hard to come by, and her donation helps to fill a void when it comes to much needed extra-large sized clothing and shoes.
This contribution from Aquarius will be used to assist former players in need and will represent a lasting legacy of kindness from she and Lari. Thank you.

http://droppingdimes.org/2016/04/1256/
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Update 34
6 months ago
Good Day Supporters,

Let us take some time to reflect on Lari and his beautiful contributions to us. We are all blessed to have known such a wonderful man. His life and love still lives within us.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LARI!!
We Love You.
Aquarius
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Update 33
17 months ago
Good Day!!

The Atlantic 10 Conference was amazing. UMass and the Atlantic 10 Conference staff truly honored the 2015 Legends in an admiral way.

Over these five days I have been blessed by such a wonderful group of people who were Lari's friends, and are now mine as well. Being able to spend an entire day with these legendary men gave me a sense of comfort and love.

As Lari's legacy continues to live on, he is still making an impact on us all.

God Bless
MRS. AQUARIUS KETNER
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Lari Ketner
31 months ago

I'm literally in tears. I am so thankful for love and prayers my family and I have received. This is truly a humbling act of kindness. I am overwhelmed by the amount affection. I never thought that my disease would bring so many GOOD people together for one cause. You all have truly been a blessing. People often tell I've been an inspiration to them. But it's you all who've inspired me. "Thank you" isn't enough to express how your actions have impacted my family and I. I pray Gid continues to bless you all! L.K. #4

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$17,658 of $10k goal

Raised by 197 people in 31 months
Created January 17, 2014
DC
$50
David Cowell
21 months ago

In loving memory of my friend Lari

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EP
$50
Elena Pamon
22 months ago
JH
$75
John Hendry
22 months ago

Terribly sad news. I never knew him but remember him as a player.

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$100
Anonymous
22 months ago
S
$20
stephanie
22 months ago

words can not describe the loss we have endured. I grew up with Lari in West Philly and have always known him to be a caring gentle giant. We miss u Lari and may the family find peace and comfort during this time. From your west philly family!

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$45
Anonymous
22 months ago
CF
$100
Coach Daryn Freedman & Family
22 months ago

Lari was a good friend at UMass. Like many of the UMass Basketball Family, I have so many great memories of him. I remember that first year he played he was struggling catching the ball early in the season. We found this bottle of liquid rosin which he would put on his hands and whether or not it really worked, he believed it did and I would keep a bottle in my pocket during games. I never heard the big guy speak a mean word about anyone. If there is anything I can ever do, let me know.

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RF
$50
Rebecca Frey
22 months ago
$100
Anonymous
22 months ago
$100
Anonymous
22 months ago
Lari Ketner
31 months ago

I'm literally in tears. I am so thankful for love and prayers my family and I have received. This is truly a humbling act of kindness. I am overwhelmed by the amount affection. I never thought that my disease would bring so many GOOD people together for one cause. You all have truly been a blessing. People often tell I've been an inspiration to them. But it's you all who've inspired me. "Thank you" isn't enough to express how your actions have impacted my family and I. I pray Gid continues to bless you all! L.K. #4

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