2018-02-09 / Local News

Students helping make a girl’s wish come true

By SCOTT POWELL
Ledger Staff Writer

Filled with energy and a bright smile, Lucy loves cartoons and princesses.

It’s just not known how much longer 4-year-old Lucy will be able to see the images which have filled her heart with a wish to spend a week at Walt Disney World. The terminally ill Gaffney child will join her mother Feb. 23 at Gaffney High as students finish a 2- week effort to raise money for Make-A-Wish South Carolina.

Lucy was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer which most commonly affects young children. The condition was discovered when her father’s camera flash picked up two different shades of color in Lucy’s eyes while taking a picture. This led the family to take her to a medical specialist.

Make-A-Wish withholds last names of wish recipients to protect families’ privacy. Lucy and other children with life-threatening illnesses will benefit from a fundraising effort Feb. 16-March 2 organized by high school students involved in Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Junior Ambassadors.

“After helping with a White Christmas this year, it made me want to do more to help children in our community,” said Gaffney High student Maddie Blanton, referring to a service project to provide Christmas for underprivileged children. “It means even more we are helping a child from Gaffney through Make-A-Wish this year.”

Miracle Minute — Junior Ambassadors will hold numerous fundraising events this week to raise funds for Make-A-Wish South Carolina. Students will hold a “Miracle Minute” Feb. 23 during lunch periods at Gaffney High to collect as much cash as possible in buckets in a minute.

Princess Party — Junior Ambassadors will hold a “Princess Party” Feb. 24 from 10-2 p.m. at Kirby Baptist Church.

Girls and their mothers are invited to join Make-AWish princess Lucy and dress up as their favorite princess at the party. Activities include face painting, glitter tattoos, nail painting, hair glitter, games, and prizes. Tickets are $20 for a child and their mother.

Car Wash — There will be a car wash for donations from 10-2 p.m. at Kirby Baptist Church. A hot dog sale will be held during this time. Tickets are $7.

Spirit Nights — Spirit nights will be held Feb. 27 at House of Pizza, Feb. 28 at Pete’s, and March 1 at Bronco’s. Gaffney High will receive a portion of restaurant sales from these nights towards Make-A-Wish.

Gaffney High decided to help Make-A-Wish after history teacher George Duncan saw a “60 Minutes” television news show about how the charity helps make wishes come true for children in South Carolina. Duncan said he felt it would be a worthwhile service project in which high school students could help children who are battling life-threatening illnesses in the community.

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