Students raise money for Griffin’s Friends

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Griffin Kelleher was 14 months old when he died from cancer in 1994. Since then in his memory, Griffin’s Friends like the students at Chicopee High School have raised money for kids with cancer.

Saturday’s event was a 26 mile relay marathon. Among the participants, students who had survived various types of cancer with the help of Griffin’s Friends.

“Without Grffin’s Friends I wouldn’t be here today. They really helped me get through the four years that I was in the hospital,” said Brianna Lawlor.

“When I was three, I was diagnosed with Leukemia. And from 3 to 8, Griffin’s Friends helped me out and helped my family a lot. They’re a charity and make a wish foundation,” Brianna Wright a Chicopee High School junior.

Dozens of Chicopee High School students signed on for the marathon relay. They said they’re proud to be called Griffin’s Friends.

“I feel it’s important to give back to your community. And I feel we have most of our school here and its relate nice to see a lot of kids support them,” said Brian Turnbull of Chicopee High School.

Many of the children who will benefit from the marathon at the Chicopee High School track, are being treated at Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield.

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