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Students walk for the 'Wright Cause' to support leukemia families

6:09 PM, May 10, 2013   |    comments
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WESTMINSTER - Three years ago, teacher John Wright stood with two students Jonathan Harris and Andrew Kent at the front of the first ever Wildcats Walk for the Wright Cause fundraiser. They were all battling leukemia. Three years later, Andrew stands alone. Yet, he wants the efforts to continue.

"I wanted to keep it going to remember, to have the memory of Jonathan and Mr. Wright and know that the love is in our hearts, have them know that," said Andrew, an 8th grader at Woodrow Wilson Academy.

Wright was a science teacher at Woodrow Wilson Academy, a charter school in Westminster where Jonathan and Andrew attended. Unfortunately, Wright and Jonathan lost their battle with leukemia. Jonathan's brother, Kona, says keeping the fundraiser going is important.

"We didn't want to just end it because it was not just a one-time thing cause cancer didn't just happen to us, it happens all around the world," said Kona Harrison, 7th grader.

Hundreds of students, teachers, and parents join the two-mile Wildcats Walk for the Wright Cause event. The money raised will help support families dealing with leukemia, deal with their expenses.

"I actually think it's pretty amazing how we can keep it going and we have like 500 people, so it's pretty fantastic," said Kona.
Friday afternoon, the school hosted the event on its front lawn complete with live music and a bone marrow drive. Andrew hopes this is an event that can live forever.

"I think that's great that all the people are involved and wanting to come and support our cause that's great," said Andrew.

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