Allie Howell was brought to tears when she was welcomed to the Legend High School gymnasium to a thunderous roar from the student body Feb. 21. With her family beside her, Howell thanked her peers …
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Allie Howell was brought to tears when she was welcomed to the Legend High School gymnasium to a thunderous roar from the student body Feb. 21. With her family beside her, Howell thanked her peers and was at a loss for words.
“It melts my heart. The support this community gives is over-the-top amazing,” Howell. “I couldn't ask for a better school to support me.”
The Legend student body dedicated their annual Wish Week to one of their own. Howell, a 16-year-old sophomore at Legend, was one of 10 kids who will have a wish granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The school raised more than $75,000 this year.
Howell is battling heart disease. Thanks to Legend's collective efforts, she will get to live her wish to ride a camel and see the Egyptian pyramids.
Howell was Legend's 10th Wish Week beneficiary. At the end of the rally, Legend students welcomed past recipients of the school's charity, each of whom gave a moving tribute to the student body.
Scott Dishong, CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Denver chapter, said Colorado has the best Kids for Wish Kids program in the country, a program designed for elementary to high school-aged kids to lead the fundraising efforts.
“I think the most important thing is it's student-led. The administration here really gets behind it and they've got a great adviser, but it's students really lead the effort, so hopefully they're getting something out of it, too,” Dishong said. “It's a lot of fun to see the students rally around one of their own.”
The school was divided between the boys and girls — their team names “Pharaohs” and “Cleopatras,” in accordance with Howell's wish. Teachers and students shared the floor for a lip-sync competition. The boys ultimately won the week.
Howell said she was grateful for the support she's felt all week. She ended the ceremony by bagging a date to the Sadie Hawkins Dance the next night when she asked a boy out in front of the entire student body. Howell was also surprised by tickets to a Post Malone concert, her favorite rapper. Howell, who aspires to join the FBI, will get to shadow a Denver-based special agent who has a connection with the school.
“I can't even express how happy I am to have all these kids be so supportive,” Howell said. “There's no reward for them, other than the happiness they're receiving themselves, and they're still doing so much they can and it's amazing.”
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