School looks to help 2nd grade cancer patient
By Kelli Gile
Walnut – Three weeks ago, Collegewood Elementary second grader Coben Swanson was happy and healthy, playing with friends on the playground and getting ready to take a math test with classmates.
When persistent stomach pains sidelined him from school, he was taken to the doctor. The startling diagnosis was T-cell leukemia.
He is now fighting for his life and dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy. The seven-year-old is being cared for in the intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
Coben’s school family learned of the situation through a letter from the school on Friday.
“The outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming,” said Principal Joan Perez.
The Walnut children and teachers immediately decided to send a Star Wars-themed video “get well card” for their friend, sharing personal messages in front of a “May the Force be With You” banner.
“We want to make sure that Coben knows that his friends are thinking and praying for him,” Perez added.
To show his support, fourth grade student Jordan Hernandez wore a “Friends don’t let friends battle alone” t-shirt while recording his message.
His second grade classmates and teacher Elvonne Vance sang two class songs for their friend during the videotaping.
“Coben is my hero,” Vance said. “He is a student leader, he loves to help others, and he never gives up.”
The school hosted its annual Week of Giving from December 7-11. They collected ____ to support the Swanson family.
Anyone wishing to contribute may send a check payable to the Collegewood Community Club at 20725 Collegewood Drive, Walnut, CA 91789.