Dear Friends,

You might know the family we are describing in the paragraphs below.  They are a long-standing family at McKee with 5 children.  Giovanni is currently in 6th grade and he has a brother, Romeo in 1st grade, a sister Diane in 7th, and an older brother Manuel in 9th grade at Elk Grove High School.  Thank you for your continued support of the McKee community.

Imagine your 6th grader coming home from school one day with a bad headache only to find out that he has a brain tumor larger than a golf ball.  After countless scans, tests, operations, and several biopsies, Giovanni Gallegos, a student at James McKee, was diagnosed with a very rare form of inoperable stage 3 brain cancer called Anaplastic Astrocytoma.

Giovanni is a very dedicated student and has a kind, genuine loving personality.  We have missed him very much as he continues to undergo various therapies including radiation, chemotherapy, and new clinical trials.  We hold Giovanni and his family in our hearts and minds as they struggle with these difficult realities.  For now we hope, wait, and wish for Giovanni’s return to James McKee.

Please consider joining us at McKee on Friday, April 27th for a spirit-lifting FUNraising fundraiser for Giovanni and his family.  We will be having a “Motivational Mile Fun Run/Walk” followed by a Spaghetti Feed Dinner.  Please check out the sign-up attachment and/or link to a Go Fund Me page for Giovanni.