School Employees Walk for a Cure

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Several staff members of West Lauderdale Elementary School gathered at Okatibbee Lake for a special cause Tuesday morning.

Kennedy Gunter, a first grade student at West Lauderdale, has a form of blood cancer.

The staff participated in a 5K walk to raise awareness in hopes that a cure is found.

Letitia Banks, a gifted teacher at the school, says it's important for the community to stand behind students.

"These families go through a lot and they need to know that the community is supporting them," said Banks. "And also, our school wants to show people that we work as a team to support the people in our community."

So far, over $3,000 has been raised for Kennedy.

If you would like to make a donation, an account has been set up in Kennedy Gunter's name at The Citizens Bank in Meridian.

The walk was also held in remembrance of former teacher, Sherryl Boatner.