Jacob Hespeler Secondary School will be awash in black and gold on Friday as staff and students show their support for Mark Hatt, 46, a popular teacher and football coach who was diagnosed with cancer on Wednesday.
"Hatter" is a hardcore Boston Bruins fan -- thus the black and gold -- and this will be the first of many ways the Jacob Hespeler community will show its support.
Jacob Hespeler teacher Greg White, who visited Hatt in hospital on Wednesday, informed staff of the diagnosis on Thursday morning and assembled the football team for an emotional gathering shortly thereafter.
The news quickly spread and students took to social media to share their feelings. Twitter was abuzz with hashtags such as #HATTERSTRONG and #prayforHATTER.
Hatt's wife Jenny is a math teacher at Cameron Heights and they are parents to two young children -- Alex is 9 and Ben is 2.
On a personal note, this is more than a story about a popular teacher facing the fight of his life.
This is about a man I consider to be a good friend facing the fight of his life.
So please say a prayer and let's help Hatter beat this thing.