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5K, walk to aid Wellington teen after brain surgery


WELLINGTON — The Wellington High School National Honor Society is organizing a 5K run and 1-mile walk fundraiser for a student in need.

Landry Cole, a senior, was first diagnosed in eighth grade with a brain tumor in December 2014, but had it removed in May 2015. The surgery caused vision and cognitive issues and led to the stroke she recently suffered. Cole has barely been able to make it to school in person. In 2018, she had brain surgery to remove damaged tissue to stop her seizures and she has been in the hospital for the last two months.

Her classmates have been supportive of her throughout the past five years. Meredith Becher, a senior and NHS secretary, said the 5K is the perfect way to help her classmate.

“It’s like the only thing I can do to help and be there and offer something,” she said.

When Landry was in eighth grade, students organized a 5K and raised a few thousand dollars for Landry’s family. National Honor Society adviser and district media specialist Emily Campo Fredano thought about bringing the fundraiser back to help Landry.

The idea was discussed in November and planning began in February. The idea was to raise money to help with Landry’s medical expenses. Campo Fredano said the fundraiser is going to be become an annual event to help someone in need each year.

‘They are a good family, good community members and this is just a way to rally around the classmates and rally around her family,” she said.

The event will be May 18 at the football field of Wellington High School. For the 5K run and walk, the National Honor Society divided into four committees focusing on different parts of the event — public relations, registration, recording winners and times of participants in the 5K and one for sponsorship and food donations.

There will be three raffle baskets, each donated from the three schools in the district.

The fundraiser is open to everyone, not just students and school staff. Pre-registration for the 5K costs $20 and $15 for the walk. Registration on the day of the event will cost $25 for the 5K and $20 for the walk. The deadline for pre-registration is April 27. Participants who register the day of are not guaranteed a T-shirt.

For more information about the event, call (440) 647-7400.

Contact Bruce Walton at 329-7123 or Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.

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