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|Showing Love for Whitney Cudd
|An Abingdon High School Student battling a form of cancer at the age of 15 is again being shown the love from her fellow classmates and the community as a whole.
A daylong series of fundraisers called "Rock 'n Rally" were held in Abingdon Saturday for Whitney Cudd -- the latest in a series of fundraisers for the teen -- which included a 5K run, family activities, a dunk tank, a silent auction, and an evening street dance featuring three local bands.
AHS graduate Tyler Gordon organized the event; he's one of the people who helped put together last year's successful "Cupcake Music Festival" that was a benefit for the American Cancer Society, and tells WGIL a lot of work went into the day's activities, but that's alright with him.
"People don't realize how much extra time there is that you have to put in," Gordon said. "There's a lot of behind-the-scenes work, there's a lot of legalities that you have to worry about going into a thing like this. It takes a lot of time throughout your week, but it's all worth it. It's all worth it. I love it, because the ending result, with an event like this...it just pays off."
Gordon says he got a lot of help from Abingdon High School students, which gives them a perfect opportunity to help their community while supporting their friend.
Abingdon High School Principal Chad Cox turned out to be the most popular person in a dunk tank set up as part of the event.
Cox, while realizing he was in the dunk tank for Whitney, tells WGIL he didn't think he'd be THAT popular of a target. "I don't know if that's a blessing or a curse that you see so many people want to come in and put the high school principal down," Cox said. "I knew what (Tyler Gordon) was thinking when he came and asked me. I was honored. I knew it was for a great cause, and I'm really pulling for Whitney. She's a great kid. A great family."
When we talked with him, Gordon said he hadn't talked with Cudd about the day's activities, but knows that she and her family are grateful for all the support.
(Abingdon High School Principal Chad Cox is dunked yet again at a benefit Saturday for AHS student Whitney Cudd.)
(There were tables full of items donated as part of a silent auction Saturday that also benefitted Cudd.)
(An Abingdon resident looks over some of the silent auction items Saturday. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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