By SCOTT AUST, FCEDC Director of Communications
Sidney Scott wasn’t sure how many pancakes had been sold by mid-morning Friday during a fundraiser for a fellow student at Garden City High School, but it was a lot.
“Oh my gosh! So many, I can’t even count them,” said Scott, a GCHS senior and student council member.
The student council and Buffalo Coffee Shop at the school put on a school-wide pancake feed Friday morning to raise funds for Madison Smith and her family.
Smith, a GCHS sophomore, was diagnosed just two weeks ago with APL leukemia and is currently in a Kansas City hospital receiving treatment.
“We’re just all about getting together as one, big school and helping out so we thought this is a way we could help,” Scott said. “(StuCo) meets every zero hour, which is before school, so we thought we could get a head start and get a ton of pancakes made.”
Madison’s aunts, Andria Rosales and Sarah Fonseca, attended the pancake feed and were impressed with the students’ initiative.
“I think it’s amazing! I think it’s just awesome how our community is just coming together to help a fellow student. The turnout’s been great,” Fonseca said.
Fonseca said Madison is in good spirits, and is amazed and excited about what her classmates are doing. She said the family is hopeful that at some point Madison will be able to get treatment here in Garden City.
GCHS Principal Steve Nordby talked to Paul Lappin, GCHS Life Skills and assistant wrestling coach who also oversees the Buffalo Coffee Shop, about putting on the fundraiser. Lappin said the school has done it for other families who have experienced similar circumstances.
“My personal goal for the day is to pull in a couple thousand dollars for the family,” Lappin said. “I really like doing things like this for families in time of need who really need help and it’s a direct impact in their lives.”
A Go Fund Me account has been set up for those who wish to help the family. The link is: https://www.gofundme.com/help-my-niece-kick-apl-leukemia