VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Just a few weeks before Christmas, tragedy has hit Killarney Secondary School.
A Grade 12 student has passed away from Leukemia and won’t get a proper funeral service without your help.
Autumn Rose was struggling with her illness for years and, like every kid, she dreamed big and had just been accepted into the University of Victoria.
To make matters worse, her grandmother who raised her, is emotionally and financially spent and can’t afford to pay for a proper service and medical bills. KSS is now lending a hand and fundraising.
“I felt the need to give her the service she deserves knowing that she could’ve graduated this year with us and her friends. It just makes me upset to know that she won’t be doing so in June,” says fellow grade 12 student Allan Aranzaso.
It’s heartbreaking and devastating for students.
“No one deserves to die at 17 years old when she had the rest of her life ahead of her and I don’t think it’s fair. We just want to help her family financially,” says classmate Kaayla Heighton.
Rose was known to be caring towards others and always optimistic.
“Everyone here is very important to us. She was an amazing individual and a very important part of our school,” adds classmate Aliana Carlos.
If you want to help, you can mail or drop off donations at Killarney Secondary School. The school will make a formal plea for aid at a news conference on Friday.
Friends will say their final goodbyes on Saturday.