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OHS Wish Week fulfills spacebound dreams for one young "superhero"

OHS community during Wish Week parade in early April.A parade held at Overland High School last month was the capstone of a community-wide push for kindness, generosity and caring.

The “‘Blazer Nation” came out in full force on a Saturday in early April to celebrate Kannon, the 6-year-old who was the focus of Overland’s 2021 Wish Week drive. Even as the school community faced the fallout from a global pandemic, they still managed to unite to fulfill a tradition that has long brought out the best from students, teachers, parents, businesses, families and others from across the Overland area.

Earlier this year, the school teamed up with Make-A-Wish Colorado to make one wish come true for Kannon, who’s faced significant health challenges tied to leukemia. Kannon’s wish was to have a “space experience,” and through a week full of themed activities that included dress-up days, trivia contests, T-shirt sales and social media challenges, the school managed to raise more than $17,000 to make that dream come true.

Kannon’s parade on the Overland campus was a chance for the school community to formally offer the family the final check on a very special day. The parade featured signs, drumlines and an overwhelming show of support from the entire community; it also marked an important milestone for Kannon.

“Kannon had just finished his final chemo treatment hours before the parade,” said Adria Herscher, activities director for Overland. “His parents always said that upon completing his chemo treatments, he will be a superhero. Our FACS teacher, Arielle Bergman sewed him a superhero cape for the occasion!”

Congrats to Kannon and to the entire Overland family for a successful 2021 Wish Week!

- Posted 5/5/21 at 11 AM