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By Maryann CastronovoFor the past 10 weeks, All Hallows Academy students blanketed La Jolla streets with lemonade stands, bake sales and rainbow loom bracelet sales to raise money so that Jackson Wagner, a teenage Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor, may attend the 19th annual Celebration of Champions event May 10, 2014 at Rady Children’s Hospital.
Celebration of Champions remembers the children who lost their battles with cancer and celebrates the children who are fighting cancer, surviving and thriving. The event provides a special day for patients and families away from the hospital and also raises money for programs that help parents, patients and siblings cope with cancer.
Jackson was diagnosed in October 2012 at age 17 after doctors found a tumor in his stomach that was growing rapidly. He spent six months in Rady Children’s Hospital enduring intense chemotherapy and is now in remission. He shared his story with All Hallows Academy students and they vowed to work together to get him to this very special event.
All Hallows students surpassed their $3,000 goal and even crossed $4,000 with some students raising $100 in weekend bake sales.