West Springfield High's Jordan Trunfio, 'Example of Grace and Strength,' Dies After Battle with Cancer

The teen was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2012 and died Thursday — just more than a week before his high school graduation.

On Monday, senior Jordan Trunfio became the first West Springfield High School (WSHS) student to graduate from the class of 2013, receiving his diploma surrounded by family and friends.

But instead of marching across a stage, Trunfio took the diploma from school officials while he was in a hospital bed.

The milestone came three days before Trunfio — a star football player for the Spartans — died Thursday after a battle with brain cancer, a battle many say bonded the school's community in a way that won't soon be forgotten.

  • Community Remembers Senior Jordan Trunfio as 'Definition of a Warrior'

A message was sent to parents and students notifying them of Trunfio's death through the Fairfax County Public Schools Keep in Touch automated system just after 7 p.m. on Thursday.

  • Read the full West Springfield High School Statement on Death of Jordan Trunfio.

Friends and family had hoped Trunfio would be able to graduate with the rest of his class June 14.

"Jordan Trunfio will forever be remembered by the Spartan community as a true inspiration and example of grace and strength. Rest in Peace," WSHS Guidance Counselor Jeff Stahl said in a Twitter post on Thursday night.

Trunfio was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma grade III tumor in March 2012, according to his EverRibbon funding page.

From the start, Trunfio and his community rallied to fight the disease. He stayed on the team in a less intense role during the Fall 2012 season, Fairfax County School Board member Elizabeth Schultz (Springfield) said Thursday night.

Community groups made it possible for Trunfio and his father to attend the 2013 Super Bowl, where he saw his "beloved Ravens" win the title, Schultz said.

He was also crowned Homecoming King by his fellow classmates in 2012, and served as chair of the Springfield-Burke Relay for Life, which raised more than $167,000 last month.

His football jersey was also framed and presented to him Monday. On Thursday, the school announced it has retired the teen's No. 58 in his honor.

Schultz also read a resolution, adopted by the school board, honoring Trunfio, his life and legacy.

Funeral arrangements for Trunfio have not yet been announced, but WSHS students are planning to wear white to school Friday.

Elizabeth Schultz June 08, 2013 at 03:46 AM
Congratulations to the Spartan students who put on a phenomenal fundraiser tonight to help pay for the care of hospice costs for Jordan. A basketball game, bake-sale and silent auction were beautifully carried out largely due to the efforts of the West Springfield HS Seniors! RESOLUTION HONORING JORDAN TRUFINO WHEREAS, Jordan Trufino became the first member of the 2013 West Springfield High School graduating class when his closest family and friends were present as he received his high school diploma on Monday, June 3rd from Principal Mark Greenfelder; and WHEREAS, as an integral four-year member of the Spartan football team, playing hard during the season and working hard in the weight room during the off-season, he played some varsity football as a sophomore, served as the starting center and one of the team leaders in his junior season and reported to midfield for coin tosses during the Spartans’ games this season, he has exemplified the meaning of “team player”; and WHEREAS, as a valuable and inspirational member of the Spartan community and student body, Jordan was crowned Homecoming King, attended the Homecoming dance with American Idol contestant Lauren Alaina with the help of Clear Channel Media’s WMZQ and radio host Joe Boxer and drew former NFL Pittsburgh Steelers’ running-back Jerome Bettis to visit him and Coach J.T. Biddison’s Spartan football team; and
Elizabeth Schultz June 08, 2013 at 03:46 AM
WHEREAS, companies and organizations such as NetApp, Domino’s Pizza, ESPN 980, St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Redskins Radio, as well as individuals, were so touched by his indomitable spirit that they raised funds and made it possible for Jordan to attend the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans with his father, where he reveled in his beloved Baltimore Ravens’ win of the Lombardi Trophy; and WHEREAS, though he is diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma, it is only mentioned at this point because a brain tumor should neither be the first nor the last thing anyone knows, thinks of or remembers about his remarkable resolve and the positivity which have been, in the face of his life-threatening diagnosis, Jordan’s lasting gift to the Spartan community and beyond; and WHEREAS, the number 58 has become a symbol that has transcended sports, schools and communities, bringing people across the county, country and faith communities to put Jordan in the forefront of their thoughts, prayers and actions since - because of Jordan - in the words of a fellow West Springfield High School student, “People are different now. (He has) made them different … (his) perseverance and heart and love for this community have completely altered everyone … (He has) changed this corner of the world in ways…never believed possible.”; and
Elizabeth Schultz June 08, 2013 at 03:47 AM
WHEREAS, the contributions he has made to the Spartan community inspired the entire team to dedicate, overwhelmingly, the 2012 football season to Jordan and, since the number 58 will always remain a part of the history of West Springfield High School, his Spartan football jersey was honored, framed and presented to him with his diploma; and WHEREAS, just this week, the Spartan community has been moved to continue raising money to help support Jordan and his family while he receives hospice support at home; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Fairfax County School Board acknowledges his meeting and, through indelible character and perseverance, remarkably, teaching the West Springfield High School and the Spartan community, Fairfax County Public Schools and many others the core of our Student Achievement Goals - Academics, Life Skills and Responsibility to Community - and the exceptional embodiment of inspiration and spirit demonstrated in so doing by Jordan Trufino.
Erica R. Hendry June 08, 2013 at 03:59 AM
Thanks for posting, Elizabeth Erica


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