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Maugansville Elementary raises funds to fight childhood cancer

May 23, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

MAUGANSVILLE -- A Washington County elementary school is doing its part to fight childhood cancer after the disease claimed a 4-year-old boy who would have been a student there.

After the death of Henry Scheck on Feb. 25, 2009, Maugansville Elementary School teacher Jeremy Golden began collecting donations to help in the fight against childhood cancer.

The effort, which also included a carnival held at the school, netted more than $18,000, Golden said.

The money was donated to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, an organization named in honor of an 8-year-old cancer patient who set up a lemonade stand to collect money to fight cancer.

Golden was honored for his efforts during the May 18 Washington County Board of Education meeting.

Appearing at the meeting with Golden was Henry's father, Bryan Scheck, and Henry's two sisters, Sophie and Anna.

Sophie is a second-grader at Maugansville Elementary School. Anna was a fifth-grader at the school last year, Golden said, and is now a sixth-grader at Northern Middle School this year.

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At last week's meeting, Golden was presented with a Golden Apple Award, which comes from Superintendent of Schools Elizabeth Morgan.

Washington County Board of Education President Wayne Ridenour praised the effort at the school.

"That's the good stuff. That's what makes this worthwhile," Ridenour said.

Golden said money is being raised at Maugansville Elementary School this year to fight childhood cancer, and another carnival was held Saturday at the school.

Bryan Scheck said Sunday that organizers hope the school will raise close to last year's amount.

Scheck on Sunday praised the support his family has received from Maugansville Elementary. He said he is not the fundraising type, but his family liked the idea of raising money to fight childhood cancer after Henry died.

"That's been one of the ways we can cope with things," Scheck said.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation was set up after Alexandra "Alex" Scott was diagnosed with cancer. When Alex was 4, she told her parents she wanted to set up a front-yard lemonade stand to raise money to fight cancer.

As news spread about Alex, other people were inspired to set up their own lemonade stands.

Alex died in 2004.

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