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Penn community members honored the life of College sophomore Maurice Campbell at the courtyard outside of Kelly Writers House on Feb. 23. Credit: Anna Vazhaeparambil

Penn community members will gather Thursday evening for a remembrance event honoring the life of College sophomore Maurice Campbell, who died on Dec. 20.

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the courtyard outside of Kelly Writers House. According to University Life, community members are invited to “share stories, talk, and laugh as we remember the amazing life of Moe.”

In an email sent on Dec. 23, Interim Vice Provost for University Life Tamara Greenfield King wrote to the Penn community notifying them of Campbell's death on behalf of Penn President Liz Magill and Interim Provost Beth Winkelstein.

Campbell’s family wrote in a statement included in the email to the Penn community that they “want to believe that [their] son is a tiny ripple of hope."

"He was the voice of reason who would cause people to pause and think, even when emotions were running really, really high," his family wrote. 

In the email, Campbell's father, Maurice Campbell Sr., said that his son cared deeply for his friends, family, and the countless individuals at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Memorial Sloan Kettering who "treated him with compassion." 

Before attending Penn, Campbell attended the Horace Mann School in New York, where he participated in the school basketball, lacrosse, swim, and cross-country teams, according to the Almanac. He also was a figure skater and gymnast who played for the Westchester Vipers, the White Plains Plainsmen, and the Connecticut Junior Rangers.

Campbell’s family — Janet, Maurice, and Grace — have set up a fundraiser through Cycle for Survival-Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 

“Maurice and his family are forever grateful to the army of caring health professionals at Memorial Sloan Kettering and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who delivered excellent care during his battle," Campbell’s family wrote on the fundraiser page. "No child has to suffer because of a pediatric cancer diagnosis."


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