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Patrick’s mother, Mary Beth Connolly, also rides with Team Patrick, along with her husband Tim and Patrick’s brother Andrew, 6. Team Patrick had 15 riders in 2010, 29 in 2011 and will have about the same this year, she said.
“They’ve been wonderful,” she said of the school and its students. “The kids have been so wonderful ... kids that don’t even know him, kids he might have never known. No one’s ever put him down. We’re blessed to be where we are.
“It’s not about the money. It’s about them all supporting him and getting him through the past three years ... which have been challenging.”
All the students have been involved in the effort in one way or another. Among other things, sixth-graders Allison Leahy and Nathan Kohler sold raffle tickets to other students to benefit Team Patrick and collected change donations.
“It’s great we’re raising money to help people fighting cancer,” Kohler said.
Leahy said the class also made signs for Patrick’s “survivorship” celebration Friday.
“It’s really cool, that he’s doing this after everything he’s gone through,” she added.
Patrick’s third-grade classmates, including Madelyne Kamens, Christopher Signore, Collin O’Bryan and Anna Salemi, all signed a huge card with “Our Hero” emblazoned on the front to give to Patrick on his last day of chemotherapy, then celebrated with an ice cream party.
All four have ridden with Team Patrick for Roswell in previous years and plan to do so again when the 2012 Ride for Roswell takes place June 23.
“I wanted to ride to raise money for Team Patrick and I wanted to support Patrick,” Signore said.
Salami, Kamens and classmate Lizzie Murphy also contributed with a lemonade stand to support Team Patrick, collecting $120.55 for Roswell.
“Patrick’s our friend,” Salami said, “and we want to support him.”