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October 6, 2012

WALKING FOR A FRIEND

Tonawanda News — Students at Mullen Elementary School took to the pavement Friday afternoon to help raise funds for a fellow second-grader, Julien Lamb, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in May. 

“If you know Julien, you know he is bright, hilarious, insightful and just an awesome person,” Mullen Principal Jessica Lyons said. 

The “Hero Comes in All Sizes Walk” marked the end of the fundraising week for Julien, age 7, and his family. In the past seven days, the students have raised over $3,000, all of which will be directly donated to the Lamb family. 

After his diagnosis in May, doctors discovered Julien also has a Philadelphia chromosome that  requires Julien to undergo additional cancer treatments. Only 5 percent of children diagnosed with leukemia have the chromosome. 

Since June, Julien has been undergoing chemotherapy at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Women and Children’s Hospital for five or six days at at time, and then is able to go home for 10 to 14 days. 

That pattern will continue for another six months.

“He is fighting a battle that no 7 year old should have to,” Lyons said. 

Third-grade student Owen Langa was touched by Julien’s story and took it upon himself to raise additional money for Julian. 

“I knocked on doors, my mom and I asked them if they would like to donate,” Langa said. 

Langa and his mother raised an impressive $180 for the Lambs in the past week. 

“He really did it all on his own,” Lyons said. 

The fundraising week began Friday, Sept. 28 with a kick-off lunch for the students and throughout this week, each day had a special theme at the school. 

Students had the opportunity to dress up each day for $1. One day was superhero day and on Friday, everyone wore orange — the color for the fight against childhood cancer. 

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