Jenks High School students raise funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation

JENKS, Okla. — Four Jenks kids living with terminal illness inspired this year’s dub week fundraiser at Jenks High School.

“DUB Week stands for Donate YoUr Best.” said Wyatt Smith.

High school senior Wyatt Smith said the week is about giving back to the community.

“When it comes to compassion, it’s hard to teach that within the walls of the classroom,” he said, “and so, this event was basically started to teach that too students.”

This year, they hope to raise 30-thousand dollars for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation through a series of events like dog yoga, a golf tournament and a silent auction. The money helps grant the wishes of kids like the four kids in Jenks.

13-year-old Reme suffers from tumors. High school senior Jenna Vann said Remi loves being outside.

“She knows that she gets to go to Hawaii, so she gets really excited. It was really fun to see a smile on her face,” said Vann.

Eight-year-old Mathew is non-verbal and has physical limitations. He loves being outside, but with his condition, Smith said, “It’s harder to go outside, and by them getting the screened in porch they’ll continue to have those experiences.”

Doctors diagnosed eight-year-old Eden with cystic fibrosis. Smith said she’s fearless.

“She’s awesome. She wants to go skiing, so that’ll be really cool for her,” said Smith.

Jason Abraham, also a high school senior, said they hope their actions will be felt throughout Jenks and beyond. He said, “What we hope is to have this ripple effect all across Jenks Oklahoma and maybe carry it out and who knows.”