03 August 2013

"School Pitches In For Classmates" Newspaper Article

Last week, while still admitted in the hospital recovering from giving birth to Avonlea, two of our nurses (apparently avid readers of our local paper), asked Brian and me:

"Did you see your little boys in the newspaper today??"

Of course, our answer was, "uh, no. We've been a bit distracted."

I had forgotten that a while back I had submitted several pictures to the paper as a way to acknowledge all of the love we had received from the boys' school this past school year with regard to raising money for a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

Below is the article that appeared in the paper. An important note should be made that the statistics in the paper is wrong. It's missing a "7" at the end of that "3". :)


School pitches in for classmates

Waco Tribune, Friday, July 26, 2013

Bennett Gamel (left), 3, and his brother, Oliver, 5, hold a check from St. Paul’s Episcopal School for fundraisers during the school year.
St. Paul’s Episcopal School students rallied around a current and former classmate during the school year to raise funds toward battling their disease.
St. Paul’s student Bennett Gamel, 3, and former student Douglas Harriman, now an eighth-grader, have the genetic disease cystic fibrosis, which mainly affects the respiratory and digestive systems.
There is no cure for cystic fibrosis, which kills 50 percent of those with the disease before age 37.
St. Paul’s participated in a school fundraiser last year with a goal of raising $1,300. The students, who were touched by their classmate’s need, raised $1,400, said Bennett’s mother, Breck Gamel.

Those funds included a student-initiated lemonade stand at school that made $411 and another child-initiated s’mores and lemonade stand at Vitek’s that made $55.

Photo submitted by Breck Gamel A cookie and lemonade stand at St. Paul's Episcopal School collected $411 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

A Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis Walk was held at Indian Spring Park in May.

Members of Bennett’s Brigade, a group that supports Bennett Gamel, the son of Breck and Brian Gamel, of Hewitt, gather at the Waco Suspension Bridge after the Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis Walk in May. (Photo courtesy of Khimberly Caton of Snaptastic Shots.)

In all, more than $10,000 was raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of Bennett this year, his mother said.

A video about Bennett can be found by searching “Bennett’s Cystic Fibrosis Video 2013” on YouTube. His mother also keeps a blog at Information about the walk is at
Of course, newspapers are limited in space so the paper wasn't able to put in all the pictures I submitted or a ton of details about the student-initiated kindness that evolved from the St. Paul's children.

So, I will post in the next post more about this story that wasn't included in the newspaper.

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