El Capitan High School Winter Wishes helps families of cancer fighters and more

El Capitan alumni Bryce Boggs and family come forward to receive a wish that was made for them to assist with the transportation costs Bryce’s cancer treatments have made.

We already brought you the story of Shane, an El Capitan High School student who, along with his family, was able to attend the 49ers game last weekend and even received field passes. What we didn’t tell you was some of the other great wishes the student body was able to grant.

Earlier this school year, students were able to request wishes for themselves or, in most cases, their friends or family to receive. The student body club held fundraisers, and also sought out donations from local businesses.  More than 40 wishes were granted last week for a wide variety of items, from a new trumpet for a student who didn’t have one that worked, to a student who got a bucket of KFC, to a student who was given the opportunity to rap in front of the entire student body.  A single mother who went back to school was given a new laptop. and several mothers who had been struggling through cancer treatments or just worked super hard were given days at the spa among other things.

There were three very special wishes El Capitan Students were able to grant. Student and family of Brody Ferguson, who is battling cancer again and has excelled as a swimmer even though one leg was amputated, and student and family of Bryce Boggs, who graduated last year and is currently undergoing cancer treatments as well, were given gift cards to buy gas for their frequent travel, as well as restaurant cards to have a night out together.

Another student, Sarah, lost her home in a fire a week before the rally. Funds raised had already been designated for the other wishes already, so El Capitan staff members pulled together and were able to give Sarah not only a new pair of boots, but $1500 worth of gift cards to help their family try to start replacing things they needed.

All the local high schools had winter wish events, and we would like to thank all staff and students who were involved in making such a difference in so many lives. Merced County certainly has a huge number of youth who love to give to others, and the work that was done to make these possible is to be commended.

Here are  some videos of different wishes being granted.

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