Barron Collier student leads Make-A-Wish fundraising campaign

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NAPLES, Fla.- A Barron Collier High School student and cancer survivor is leading a campaign to grant a wish for someone in Collier County through the Make-A-Wish organization.

Mykala Fowler, a junior at Barron Collier, was diagnosed with melanoma in the 5th grade.

“I was lucky enough to not have the severity that some kids have to deal with,” said Fowler.

Fowler, who is on the Make-A-Wish Youth Leadership Committee, is raising money to grant a local child’s wish by selling hundreds of t-shirts.

“Seeing a kid with their wish granted because of something I was and our community was able to start, I think it’s incredible,” said Fowler. “It started this week and we’re almost to $1,000, so we’re hoping it continues to grow at that rate or even more.”

“To see students coming together within a school community to raise money to help other kids in the community is powerful,” said Taylor Marini, development coordinator with Make-A-Wish Southern Florida.

In addition to the t-shirts, the school’s Key Club came up with some bracelets to help meet Fowler’s $5,000 goal. Students feel this will be their most successful fundraiser.

“Because you can really relate to someone in the same age group,” said Jake LaRochelle, president of Barron Collier’s National Honors Society. “Some other fundraisers, it may be harder to relate to some of those people.”

The average cost to grant a child’s wish is $5,000. To purchase a shirt, visit Barron Collier High School located at 5600 Cougar Drive.

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