News brief: Community fundraises for Wildcat hero

By MIA ARANDA

After a Redlands East Valley High School student, Ayden Lagrand, sustained injuries following a car crash on Oct. 22, the community has been supportive by raising money for his recovery.

According to GoFundMe fundraiser organizer REV senior Ralph Veach, two students were caught in a car accident, in which the REV senior Lagrand, who had flown out of the crashed truck, rescued his friend from the flaming truck. As a result, he suffered substantial second and third-degree burns.

As of Nov. 17, the GoFundMe page has raised $18,148.

The car accident took place in the parking lot of Hops and Spokes Brewing Company, a family-owned brewery in Yucaipa.

On Oct. 27, Hops and Spokes Brewing Company hosted a fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m. in which $1 from each pint of beer and root beer would be donated to the Lagrand family.

As a result, $6,458.68 was raised, according to Hops and Spokes Brewing Company.

At school, the REV Associated Student Body students brainstormed ideas of how they could get the school involved to support Lagrand, and ultimately, they decided on hosting a food day.

Photo 1: Redlands East Valley High School junior Carson Bascom serves hot dogs as a part of Link Crew during Food Day on Nov. 5. (CYRUS ENGELSMAN/ Ethic News photo)

Photo 2: Redlands East Valley High School senior Leilani Baldwin sells peppermint bark to senior Melody Kamgar Haghighi as a part of Thespians during Food Day on Nov. 5. (CYRUS ENGELSMAN/ Ethic News photo)

Photo 3: A poster for Redlands East Valley High School senior Ayden Lagrand features “get well soon” messages from fellow students during Food Day on Nov. 5. (CYRUS ENGELSMAN/ Ethic News photo)

Photo 4: A sign from the Redlands East Valley High School class of 2025 encourages students to purchase donuts from them to help support REV senior Ayden Lagrand and his family during Food Day on Nov. 5. (CYRUS ENGELSMAN/ Ethic News photo)

Clubs sold food items all for the benefit of Lagrand’s recovery. In the end, around $5,000 was raised for Ayden.

“It actually blew me away as it exceeded even my expectations,” said REV ASB advisor Matt Fashempour. “This school really shined as the students literally purchased everything that was offered.  Not one item was left by the end of the event.”

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