6th grader raises $20k to fight cancer

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DEPEW, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Depew 6th grader is turning his own family’s fight into something positive to help other people battling cancer.

At just 11 years old, AJ Walczak has already raised almost $20,000 for cancer research and support.

He and his family have been participating in the Ride for Roswell for years; but two years ago, it became personal when his great-grandmother died of pancreatic cancer.  Soon after that, his mother was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer.

AJ’s even gotten his school, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School in Depew, involved in fundraising efforts. He and his principal came up with the idea of “Be a Hero for Roswell” day, where students who make a donation can come to school dressed as their heroes.

The School celebrated the day on May 6th and raised more than $1,000 for this year’s Ride.  That’s a pretty impressive accomplishment considering the school has just 200 students.

If you know a student in western New York who’s helping to make a difference, we’d love to hear from you.  Send a photo or video to WakeUp@wivb.com.  It could feature in our Student Spotlight.

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