G-AHS classmates raising money for injured student

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Cameron Grosh, Caleb Bartlett and Kassandra Wright with a collection box of goodies the Tumani Ambassadors will send to Megan Misiak soon.

Megan Misiak may not be in class with her fellow seniors right now, but students at Greencastle-Antrim High School are doing what they can to make her recovery from a serious accident a little easier. The service club Tumani Ambassadors designated Megan a recipient of its fundraising activities for the school year, along with a school in West Africa it has supported for some time.

As news filtered through the student body after the Aug. 31 motor vehicle accident, it took some time for the teens to understand that Megan was paralyzed from the waist down and would be in rehabilitation for weeks or months. Tumani leaders, seniors Caleb Bartlett and Kassandra Wright, and junior Cameron Grosh, knew Megan from being in the same homeroom or taking the same classes. The 34 ambassadors realized the Misiak family would incur many unplanned expenses during her physical therapy, so they voted to help as they could. They plan ongoing collections of items that are useful or fun for Megan, now in Philadelphia, and also want to assist her with college expenses next year.

Advisor Martina Fegan set up "Megan's Fund" at F&M Trust. She reported that already donations have come in, including from a 90-year-old woman who gave her birthday money. Other donors have been touched by Megan's story or know her in some capacity. Any area F&M will accept money for the fund.

Student projects

Tumani will conduct "Be the Change", in which classes compete to bring in the most donations. It will operate during the week of Oct. 24. The club will also pair with Tastefully Simple, with a portion of product sales going to the two causes. Anyone wishing to purchase may contact Fegan at mkfegan@greencastle.k12.pa.us or 264-1008, or visit tastefullysimple.com. (Under Shop Our Products, type Tumani Ambassadors into the Host/Event search).

Fegan was pleased to discover that hospital staff had fallen in love with Megan and also wanted to support the latter fundraiser. But she was not suprised that Megan made an impact on her health team. She knows the Greencastle girl well after four years of interaction.

"Her attitude is amazing. She is always positive and tenacious. She wants to learn and master anything. That's Megan."

The club already sent one box of "girl stuff", food, books, crafts, school supplies and gas cards for her parents, Penny and Tim Misiak. They will send another one soon. The students want Megan to know everyone is thinking about her.

"A lot of people care," said Wright.

Contact information

Anyone wishing to write to Megan may do so at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, 1513 Race St., Room 554-2, Philadelphia PA 19102.

MEGAN MISIAK