The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

April 19, 2014

Community rallies to raise money for family of Katelin Rush

By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor

Sunday, April 20, 2014 — The school community of North Stanly High School received shocking news on Monday, March 17, when news of a car accident involving 17-year-old Katelin Rush spread throughout the schools.

A student described by the North Stanly principal as a friends to everyone, Rush continues to be hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where her parents are with her around the clock.

To help out Rush’s parents, North Stanly students and many from around Stanly County joined together on April 5 for the Prayers for Kate 5K and FunWalk.

“Our students wanted to do something and get into action,” North Stanly principal Joy Hathcock said.

According to Hathcock, North’s Stanly Junior Civitans club and sponsor Catherine Deese quickly helped to put together the event along with special T-shirt sales to raise money for the Rush family.

“They got the word out on social media, our sign out front and the school website,” Hathcock said.

The event had more than 100 participants in the fun walk and close to 100 in the 5K.

Just as the event was about to start, according to Hathcock, a Stanly activity bus pulled up and out came members of the Albemarle football squad in their royal-blue jerseys, donation in hand.

“It’s a testament to the community we are a part of,” Hathcock said.

“Katelin is a student that was friends with everyone. She greeted everyone with a smile, and because of her warm personality, people felt a connection with her. It’s very telling of the type of person she was, and that the community reacted to a family in need.”

The event, along with the continuing T-shirt sales, has raised about $3,000 dollars for the Rush family.

“As a mother I can't express my feelings of gratitude enough to all of you who went out to support my daughter during this event,” Kate’s mother, Lola Gaston, said.

“It really meant a lot to me and my family the amount of love and support that was shown. I'm sure it will mean even more to Kate when she wakes up. Thank you, we love you all and let's keep the prayers going up. God is doing great things.”

To submit story ideas, contact Charles Curcio at (704) 982-2121, extension 26, or email charles@stanlynews