Penny war helps family fight

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Wayland Villars and his family are presented with a check by his preschool teachers, Amy Prather and Erin Johns. (Photo provided by Kelli Wilson)

Wayland Villars and his family are presented with a check by his preschool teachers, Amy Prather and Erin Johns. (Photo provided by Kelli Wilson)

Catholic Schools Week at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School in Noblesville was topped off with an emotional check presentation to preschool student Wayland Villars and his family.Wayland is battling an aggressive form of cancer, and his family is traveling across the country monthly for expensive clinical trials. To help offset the family’s mounting expenses, the school decided to do a Penny War during Catholic Schools Week to benefit the Villars.

“An amazing amount of pennies, quarters and bills starting coming in on Jan. 28. By week’s end, a total of over $6,300 had been collected,” said Kelli Wilson, OLG enrollment and marketing director. “The family was overcome with emotion when presented with the check at the pep rally on Feb. 1. Wayland was adorable as he waved to the students and gave high fives.”

Wilson asked the community to join the Our Lady of Grace Family in praying for Wayland. Contributions can be made to a fund that has been set up in care of Wayland Villars in the Villars’ hometown in Wisconsin: River Cities Savings Bank, 1601 Lincoln St., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494.

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