Malachi and his mom learn his wish to meet Super Bowl 50 champion Von Miller would be granted. Photos courtesy of Caitlin Gleason
BY CAITLIN GLEASON
One of the ways Cherry Creek High School gives back to the community is through Power Week, known formerly as Wish Week. Every year, Creek’s Student Senate and activities director Krista Keogh plan a week full of fun to raise money for Bags of Fun and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Bags of Fun is an organization dedicated to giving bags full of toys and activities to sick children in hospitals. The organization began when Gabby Krause, a loveable happy little girl, passed away at age 6 after a 19-month battle with brain cancer. She wanted every sick kid at the hospital to have their very own Bag of Fun, just like she did. Since then, almost 7,000 bags have been given to sick children across the country.
Last month, Creek granted 14-year-old Malachi’s wish of meeting Super Bowl 50 champion and MVP Von Miller. On the last day of Power Week, the school welcomed Malachi into the North Gym to grant the wish.
Student body president Fese Elango said how special it was to see Malachi enter the gym.
CCHS’s Aqua Poms kick off the Power Week celebration.
“It was so great to see him and know that we were able to grant his wish,” Elengo said. “Hearing the sound of people chanting his name really brought it home and solidified the idea that this week was bigger than Student Senate or Creek, but it really impacted the lives of others around us.”
Malachi will be able to hang out with Miller and go to a Broncos home game this fall.
This year, Creek raised more than $27,000 that will be split between Make-a-Wish and Bags of Fun.
“Senate spent months planning Power Week. We contacted restaurants to plan restaurant nights in order to help reach our $20,000 goal,” Elango said. “The most rewarding part of the week was seeing our school band together to support two awesome causes that benefited our community. It was rewarding to see the student body [participate] in the events throughout the week and rally behind our goal, which is all I could have asked for.”
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