Hundreds of local residents raised nearly $10,000 for the Talbert Family Foundation on Saturday during a 5K walk at David Starr Jordan Middle School held in honor of Christopher Wilke, the 12-year-old boy who died last month after battling a rare form of cancer.
Christopher was a student at the school, where more than 400 people participated in the walk. The event started with a warm-up led by Christopher's physical education teacher and class.
"There was just a huge feeling of support and emotion," said Principal Stacy Cashman. "It was just a very visible tribute to the student and family, and the community."
Christopher was the first patient on record at Children's Hospital Los Angeles — and among the youngest patients ever — to be diagnosed with a pure cholangiocarcinoma, a cancer of the bile duct. He died on March 20, 2 1/2 months after he was diagnosed.
Robin Hatch, Christopher's seventh-grade history teacher who helped organize the event, remembered Christopher as a sweet student who "cared a lot about everyone else."