Team raises $4,583 for National Kidney Foundation
A Tonganoxie group raised more than $4,500 — a total that was determined to be the most of any team at the event — for the National Kidney Foundation in October at a fundraiser in Independence, Mo.
Walking For Wyatt, a team led by Wyatt Maurer, who is 13 and a Tonganoxie Middle School student, raised $4,583.
Wyatt, who suffers from chronic kidney failure, was the team captain and individually raised $1,475, which also was tops at the event.
The walk was held at Waterfall Park by Bass Pro Shops in Independence, Mo. Walking for Wyatt had 33 members — friends and family of Wyatt — participating this year.
Tonganoxie Elementary School held a “Pennies For Patients” change drive for Walking For Wyatt. TES raised $910. Teachers at TES also donated $650 in exchange for dressing casual for a week at school.
In 2007, the school pitched in for Wyatt’s cause when the family participated in a similar event in Fort Worth, Texas.
Overall, the walk raised $55,000 for the National Kidney Foundation of Northeast Kansas/Northwest Missour