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Making A Difference: Dream Come True For School

Posted at 8:18 AM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 08:18:57-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– Last fall, a high school senior from Breathitt County was in the hospital getting treatment for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

He was approached by the Lexington Dream Factory and offered a “dream” of his choosing. What he decided to do with that dream has his teachers calling him selfless.

With only about 60 students in the entire school, Riverside Christian in Breathitt County is a family of sorts.

When Wesley Voth was in the hospital last year getting treatment for lymphoma, his classmates did what any family does.

“Everybody at the school, they made they sent cards to me while I was in the hospital, that made me feel good,” Voth said.

The Lexington Dream Factory offered Wesley a “dream” of his own and he chose to give back to his Riverside classmates…brand new sports equipment and uniforms for almost every team at the school.

Wesley won’t even be able to use much of this new gear, since he graduates this spring, but he says he still knew this was his dream.

“I almost teared up when I found out because there’s no act of kindness that could be greater than this to our school,” said Ryan Hamblin, the athletic director for Riverside Christian.

Wesley says it was no big deal.

“I care more about other people than me honestly. I’m not that important in the grand scheme of things. It’s better to help a large group of people than just me.”

It’s clear this community cares about him and they’re thrilled he’s back to school and feeling good.

“He could’ve used the gift and gone on a one time trip but this gift will be used for the next five to ten years,” Hamblin said.

The Lexington Dream Factory is a nonprofit that’s helped fulfill the dreams of more than 800 local children with critical illnesses.