Events at EHS will benefit Pritt family

ELKINS — The Elkins community has come together to support a local student fighting a tough battle.

Alex Pritt, a senior at Elkins High School, was recently diagnosed with stage 3 lymphoma and has a strong support team rallying with him.

Amrit Rayfield, EHS assistant principal and head basketball coach, said Pritt’s “positive and upbeat attitude” is inspirational.

“I think the biggest thing is the amount of support that we have seen from family, friends, classmates and the local community says quite a bit about the type of kid Alex is,” Rayfield said. “Whoever he has been around, he has certainly had a positive impact on.

“I think he is not only a great kid but he is a very positive, upbeat and fun kid — his positive attitude gives him the ability to say ‘I’m going to beat this,'” Rayfield continued.

Today, there are several events going on at EHS that will help to assist Pritt’s family as they continue their fight.

A chicken BBQ will begin at 11:30 a.m. in front of the school. All dinners will include chicken, beans, dessert and drink for $8.

In addition, a bake sale will be held in the EHS cafeteria beginning at 3 p.m. followed by a live auction and silent auction at 4 p.m.

Rayfield said all proceeds from the chicken BBQ, bake sale and auctions will be donated to the Pritt family to assist with expenses.

Elkins Fordland will be hosting Ford’s “Drive 4 UR School” event at EHS today from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and all proceeds will benefit EHS and Elkins Middle School.

“The other cool thing is we have an anonymous donor that is willing to match whatever we are able to raise through the Drive 4 UR School event to go to Alex’s family also,” Rayfield explained.

Lime green bracelets reading “Pritt Strong” are on sale every day at EHS and several other schools in the county. Rayfield added these bracelets can also be purchased today at EHS, noting they are lime green in honor of Lymphoma Cancer Awareness.

Pritt is a four-year member of the EHS basketball team and is part of the school’s vocal ensemble.

Rayfield said Pritt’s goal is to attend Davis & Elkins College to be part of their choir.

During his senior year, Pritt also served as a tutor at Midland Elementary School and was elected “Prom King” by his peers.

Rayfield noted the support Pritt has received throughout his battle, thus far, has not been limited to the Elkins community. He said basketball coaches from other schools in the state have reached out offering support.

“Braxton County’s head coach, coach Lunsford, visited the hospital and took a basketball over (signed by the team),” he said.

In addition, a personal finance class at Tygarts Valley High School generated money through one of their projects and used their earnings to purchase an item and donate it to the silent auction.

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