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High 5: Student raises funds for teacher with cancer

By Jennifer Hardman and Irinna Danielson | Posted - Feb. 24, 2012 at 9:38 a.m.


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BOX ELDER COUNTY -- A college student who organized a fundraiser for a beloved teacher facing cancer wins this week's High 5.

Courtney Hansen's mother, Tracey, nominated her for the honor. Courtney, now a freshman at Weber State University, didn't think twice about organizing a fundraiser for her former teacher Wayne Burrell, who was recently diagnosed with lymphoma.

"It's Burrell. I'd do anything for him," Courtney said.

In less than two weeks Courtney organized the benefit dinner. She rallied the community together to donate food, supplies and auction items. The event raised $11,000 for Mr. Burrell's medical costs.

The Box Elder High School teacher said, "It wasn't so much a shock that she did the dinner. She's always been very kind-hearted. But to see her pull it off was amazing. I was concerned that she wasn't going to have enough food or something along those lines. The real shock was the amount, and I think it shocked her too."

Tracey got emotional when she talked about her youngest daughter.

"She steps up. She's the kind-hearted one. She's the peacekeeper. She is just amazing at everything she does," Tracey said.

"I just love him. He's like a dad to me," Courtney said.

Our friends at Les Schwab rewarded Courtney with a gift basket. If you know someone who deserves a High 5, share their story here.

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