SEES Student Coin Challenge Raises $7,400+ in a Week
The Michaux family of Midlothian is waging war. They call it “Woody’s War on Wilson’s” and it’s a battle for their 23-year-old son, Woody Michaux. Woody was a typical college student studying chemistry and physics at Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, Va., until two years ago when he was diagnosed with Wilson’s Disease, a rare genetic disorder. The disease has caused severe neurological symptoms due to his body’s inability to rid itself of copper, resulting in it accumulating in his brain. Since his diagnosis, medication is helping, but Woody still requires round-the-clock care with feeding, personal care, medications and therapy.
Woody and his family are also in need of a new, permanent ramp for their house and a wheelchair-accessible restroom. Currently, Woody must be taken to a nearby gym to bathe. When Woody’s former fifth grade teachers, Michele Mooney and Krista Stackow, at St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School (SEES) learned of this, they immediately adopted his cause as theirs.
This school year, the SEES fifth grade has conducted several fundraising activities for Woody’s cause. Their most successful project to date was completed Friday (Jan. 17, 2014) with a school-wide, week-long coin drive. The goal was to raise $5,000 in loose coins. Last week, SEES students and faculty raised a remarkable $7,445.80. Student and parent volunteers counted and rolled 57,591 coins.
The coin drive combined in-kind donations and the fifth grade’s bake sale and waffle breakfast have raised more than $13,000 for Woody’s cause. For more details, visit http://www.gofundme.com/woody.
“Our students and staff have an incredible capacity for helping others,” said Emily Elliott, SEES principal. “Woody and his family are very much a part of the St. Edward-Epiphany School family, and it’s been a blessed privilege for us to have this opportunity to make a hopeful difference in their lives.”