Student raises $6.5k for transplant recipient

By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

March 26, 2014

An Elkin High School student who organized a major 5K run in Elkin Municipal Park weeks ago presented proceeds from the race, a check of $6,540, to a local kidney transplant recipient.

The check presentation was made at the Elkin City Schools Board of Education meeting held on Monday night.

Brandon Welborn, a senior at Elkin High School, organized the charity run as part of a senior school project. About 250 runners showed up at the event, a whopping number that took race officials by surprise.

The race was dedicated to David Burton, 32, of Elkin, who received a kidney transplant on Dec. 12, 2013. Burton is married to Amanda Burton, 30, a teacher at Elkin Middle School and former teacher of Welborn.

“I did not know what I was going to do for the senior project. I then learned that the Burton family needed help for all of what they were going through…I am really honored for having the opportunity to do this event and to present this check,” said Welborn.

“I didn’t know Brandon,” said Burton. “My wife said that her former student wants to raise money for my transplant costs. I was impressed for a man to step up and do something like that.”

Burton then turned to Welborn and said, “Brandon I have no idea how I will be able to repay you for what you’ve done, but one day I will and I will forever be grateful.”

“He (Brandon) has really gone above and beyond what a student was asked to to. I have watched him since he was a sixth-grader,” Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe said to Elkin’s Board of Education members. “When people ask us as educators what we are most proud of, it’s of those men and women who do great things. Brandon Welborn has done that.”

In other Elkin Board of Education news:

• Student Julie Neumark of Elkin High School was recognized for her artwork display at the Elkin Administrative Office.

• Bledsoe recognized teachers and staff for the arts in the school: Alex Powell, Bill Land, Tonya Smith, Adam Beshears, Leighanne Wright and Kim Arnold.

• Principal Anthony Davis of Elkin Elementary recognized Ginger Smith for receiving a math grant from Explore Learning.

Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.