CHS Sponsors One of its Own for Make-A-Wish

Clovis High senior Dustin Letson is this year's Make-A-Wish recipient.

Clovis High senior Dustin Letson is this year's Make-A-Wish recipient.

Clovis High senior Dustin Letson is this year's Make-A-Wish recipient.

Chloe Swinney, Reporter

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Continuing the tradition of more than a decade, Clovis High, joined by Clovis West, is sponsoring another Make-A-Wish recipient this year: fellow Cougar and senior Dustin Letson, who the school plans to honor this Friday evening during halftime of the Clovis vs Clovis West football game.

In July, Letson was diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic (immune) system, and immediately began chemotherapy. Though the tumor was out of sight by the end of the month, he has been in and out of the hospital with pancreatitis and other issues. However, Letson is currently at home seeking recovery.

For his wish, Letson would like to go to Washington DC with his parents to visit the Smithsonian, tour the Capitol and White House, and attend a Washington National’s baseball game. Letson, who has been to Washington DC on his own, looks forward to taking the trip again with his family.  

The leadership program has spent the past few weeks gathering donations, selling food, bracelets, stars, and more to help Letson’s dream come true.

Activities Director Stacy Lazzari commended student support this year saying, “CHS students are so giving and compassionate. They have really rallied behind Dustin and given [so] generously.”

Outside of the student body, the community has also provided a great amount of support, donating online and at the football games.

“The community was very gracious in their donations,” said sophomore Jordyn Pfalzgraff, a chairman of the Make-A-Wish project.

Pfalzgraff also praised the students on their efforts to reach out to Dustin not only in their donations but in their words and actions. Pfalzgraff specifically recalls students beginning a chant of Dustin’s name at a football game he attended in addition to purchasing fruit cups to help fund his wish.

“Everyone has been so generous and it’s so heartwarming to support one of our own students,” said Pfalzgraff.

Thanks to the generosity of the community and students, the school was able to raise nearly $7,000 for Letson’s wish,

As for Letson, he and his family thank everyone involved for all the help and support they’ve received.

“I’ve had so many people; whether it be my best friends, or people I barely talk to that have reached out and offered to talk, bring dinner, hang out, etc. It means the world to me,” said Letson.


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CHS Sponsors One of its Own for Make-A-Wish