5K to benefit second grader with brain cancer

Posted at 9:40 AM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 16:06:17-04

The students at Forest Elementary School in Williamsville have shown incredible strength and compassion during a tough time for one of its youngest classmates.

Seven year old Sebastian Bradley was diagnosed with brain cancer over the winter. He had multiple surgeries in the span of a few weeks, and is undergoing radiation.

Sebastian’s second grade class has rallied around the little boy. They have a monkey in Sebastian’s desk at school. The students fill out tests at that desk on behalf of Sebastian. The little boy’s teacher, Kim Grimm, also brings a back-pack filled with homework, cards and gifts to Sebastian’s home regularly.

However, recently, the entire community has jumped on board. The Forest Elementary’s 5K, which usually raises funds for the school’s PTA, has been renamed “Run Forest Run for Sebastian.” All money raised will go towards Sebastian, through the organization Anna’s Wish.

Go Fund Me accounts have also been set-up for the family. Anonymous donors have been giving money to the school for Bradley’s family.

"His parents have taken a leave of absence from GEICO,” said Grimm. "GEICO has been wonderful and so supportive. We wanted to make sure they did not have any financial burdens what so ever, and that their main focus would be to be with Sebastian 24/7. We would do whatever he could as a class, as a school, as a community.”

Grimm said the school wants to raise $15,000 for Sebastian. So far, more than 800 people have registered. The race starts at 10:00 a.m. at Forest Elementary in Williamsville. There will also be students selling items, including a basket raffle, and food trucks in the area. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

You can register here.