Hazen was a dedicated "baseball mother and wife," a mother of four boys, and a passionate middle school teacher. Michael Hazen
In the summer of 2020, after she started having seizures, it was discovered that she had a malignant tumour in the front left region of her brain.It was eventually determined to be glioblastoma, an aggressive and incurable form of cancer.
Even when she started undergoing surgeries and other treatments, she continued working as an English teacher at St. Francis Xavier in Phoenix until the end of 2021. Her contract was up at the end of 2021
That's what pushed her," Mike Hazen explained. "That was her personality. She would do anything for the kids and especially for her own children. That's how she lived her entire life for the sake of the children.
Principal Ryan Watson called Nicole a "treasured" teacher.Her mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual toughness set an example for her students,” Watson added. "Unmatched
Nicole Marie Ferrara met Mike Hazen when he was Indians deputy farm director. When they had their first child, she left teaching, and the family moved to Boston when Mike joined the Red Sox.
These aren't jobs; they're lifestyles, and she was right there with us, whether it was the kids' baseball or mine
Even in recent days, he added, the mere mention of Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Merrill Kelly's strong pitching outings would elicit a "massive smile" from her.
She loved when I said that,”who primarily has been working remotely the past year and a half. “Even as she got sicker, if the game was still on, she would shoo me away. "It's 8:30" She'd tell me, "I'm not moving till the game's over"