A Story of Giving at Cleveland Hill High School

April 8, 2011 Updated Apr 8, 2011 at 7:21 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

April 8, 2011 Updated Apr 8, 2011 at 7:21 PM EDT

Cheektowaga, NY (WKBW) - Richard Schwarz has fond memories growing up in Cheektowaga, especially his time at Cleveland Hill High School. Schwarz competed in basketball, football, cross country and track until his graduation in 1958. Although he left the area in the 1970's, he never forgot about Cleveland Hill High School. Now at the age of 70, Schwarz battles from Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow. He's been fighting it for 7 years and before he passes on, Schwarz is giving back to the school in a big way by creating an endowment for deserving seniors.

"What's better than making sure an under privileged student at least gets an opportunity?" said Schwarz. "That's what I hope to do."

The scholarship, which is in the thousands, will help the selected student each year at a SUNY school. Schwarz hopes his story will inspire others to give.

"This is going to give so many of our students so much hope beyond high school," said Cleveland Hill High School Assistant Principal Jason Swenson.