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Hayden students walk, run to benefit teammate

Fundraiser Wednesday to benefit Trenten Kelley

Jack Weinstein

— Middle-school-age Hayden students participating in track and field will run and walk for a good cause Wednesday.

They have been raising money, through pledges per lap they will run or walk, or donations from Hayden community members. From 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, they'll run and walk around the track, or inside if the weather is bad, during Tracks for Trenten.

The fundraiser will benefit their teammate, sixth-grader Trenten Kelley. The 12-year-old had a brain tumor, his second, removed Thursday.

"It's been huge for us to get this support from the community," said Brenda Whiteside, Trenten's mother. "We are so appreciative of it."

Whiteside said Trenten's first brain tumor was diagnosed and removed when he was 7 years old. It was benign. She said Trenten had a doctor's appointment coming

up Thursday in Denver, at which time they'll learn whether the second tumor is cancerous.

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They hope to return to Hayden on Friday, Whiteside said. She said Trenten likely wouldn't return to school this year; his last day was May 10.

Assistant track coach Barbara Manzanares said track coach Sally Brach-Morton came up with the idea to host Tracks for Trenten and pitched it to the 40-student team. In addition to Wednesday's event, Manzanares said middle-school-age students could pay $1 each day this week to wear a hat.

She said the proceeds and those from another fundraiser selling cookie dough would be given to Trenten's family to help offset medical costs. He is one of four children Whiteside has in the district.

"The kids have been very supportive," Manzanares said. "The community has been great supporting the kids in this. Hopefully we can make it fun for the kids."

She encouraged members of the community to attend Tracks for Trenten and donate. Whiteside thanked the school and community for supporting her son, whom she called athletic, upbeat, funny, outgoing and awesome.

"We appreciate all of them and everything they've done," she said.

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com