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04-29-14: Students raise thousands of dollars for teen battling Lymphoma
04-29-14: Students raise thousands of dollars for teen battling Lymphoma
Posted on 04/29/2014

Woodland Elementary, Ballou Junior High, and Rogers High school students and staff have raised thousands of dollars this spring in an outpouring of support for 16-year-old Taylor Desmet, who was diagnosed in February with Lymphoma.


Desmet, a sophomore this year at Rogers High, spent her elementary school years as a Woodland Eagle and her junior high years as a Ballou Bruin.


In just three days this week, Woodland Elementary raised more than $6,800 through the sale of “Taylor Tough” white and pink T-shirts and neon green and pink bracelets. The school also sent a note home to families asking for financial donations to assist Desmet’s family with medical costs.


The fundraiser kicked off with a schoolwide assembly on April 21 to educate students about Desmet, and a video about the teen was shared in classes two days later.


After three days of fundraising, the school held a closing assembly on April 24 to announce the amount raised and allow top student contributors from each class to spray Silly String on teachers seated in front of the 600-plus students gathered in the gym.


Ballou Junior High School has raised more than $3,400 to date through the sale of T-shirts and tickets to a fundraiser dance on campus on April 25.


Rogers High School students and staff have already given nearly $500 through the sale of “Taylor Tough” shirts and bracelets and are busy preparing for its main event fundraiser on May 22.


On that day, Rogers High leadership students will host a “Student v. Teacher Taylor Tough” softball game and silent auction, with all proceeds going to their classmate and her family.


The softball game is planned from 4 to 6 p.m. at Heritage Recreation Center, adjacent to Rogers High School at 9010 128th St. E., Puyallup.



Photo (from left): Woodland Elementary students Jacob Ford, Chloe Garza, Cassie Force, and Kaitlyn Somero-Quezon display an oversized check created for a schoolwide assembly presentation following a three-day fundraiser to support a Rogers High student battling Lymphoma. The student, Taylor Desmet, attended Woodland Elementary. Since the check was created, the school raised even more donations bringing the total on April 25 to more than $6,800.