Teens make wish a reality for sick boy

Central High School student Kindred Michael, 18,  sets up a table to sell T-shirts for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in honor of a 14-year-old student from Black Hawk.

Students from four local high schools are raising money to make a wish come true for a student they’ve never met.

Student government leaders from Central, Fruita Monument, Grand Junction and Palisade high schools are selling T-shirts and finding other ways to raise the $5,000 needed to fulfill a 14-year-old boy from Black Hawk’s wish to meet the Boston Red Sox. The boy has soft-tissue sarcoma, a type of cancer.

Central students Kindred Michael, 18, and Jamie Johnson, 17, picked the boy from a list of people waiting to have a dream come true through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes for children age 30 months to 18 years who have a life-threatening condition. Michael and Johnson were inspired to sponsor a Make a Wish child after they saw a presentation about the foundation this past summer during a leadership conference.

They chose someone in Black Hawk because it was the nearest city on the list. The two recruited students from other schools, some of whom attended the leadership conference, to help them sell T-shirts that Michael and Johnson designed. The shirts sell for $10 apiece and feature a shooting star and the words “Wishes do come true” in red, orange, blue and maroon, school colors included in the logos for each of the four schools involved.

Central, Fruita Monument and Grand Junction students sold some T-shirts to parents and teachers during conferences last month and will sell more to students following Thanksgiving break. The shirts will be available at some sporting events and at a kiosk that is open between classes at Central.

Fruita Monument student Sam Modrick, 17, said she plans to place jars in classrooms and at local businesses to collect money for the fundraiser. Grand Junction student Jordan McEndree, 16, and Palisade High student Maddie Amans, 18, said their schools are thinking of more ways to raise funds.

Michael said she hopes to have enough money to grant the wish, and maybe more, by Christmas. Anyone interested in donating or buying a T-shirt can contact Michael at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“We’re not going to stop at $5,000. If we get to that, good. If more, that’s spectacular,” she said.

Amans said she hopes raising money for Make a Wish becomes a tradition at the high schools.

“It’s kind of fulfilling in my life because he doesn’t have a normal childhood. This is saying, ‘Here you go, here’s a piece of your childhood,’” Amans said.

“We’re really going to change this little kid’s life,” Modrick said.


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