Canonsburg Middle School students raise funds to benefit Blackhurst

June 27, 2017
Mitchell Blackhurst (center with headphones) is surrounded by friends at CMS.

Canonsburg Middle School students, along with support from Borland Manor Elementary and North Strabane Intermediate, helped raise more than $10,000 to help an ill classmate – money that will go to help the boy’s family pay for his medical expenses.

The CMS community this year rallied behind middle schooler Mitchell Blackhurst, who has been suffering from a mysterious illness that began with the flu.

Mitchell’s symptoms at first baffled doctors, and his family traveled with him to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Connecticut and New Jersey to visit doctors who could help determine a diagnosis. Mitchell is suffering from neurological disorders believed to be caused by a reaction to the flu.

Mitchell, who is unable to attend classes and receives homebound education, was also expected to receive treatment at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

CMS teacher Adam Manion, who helped organize the fundraising events, said he was proud of his students who helped raise a total of $10,225 through a spaghetti dinner, a fundraiser at Max and Erma’s, and a Coin Wars fundraiser.

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