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Wilke Walk At Jordan Middle School Raises $10,000

Around 500 people attended the Wilke Walk 5K fundraiser held Saturday, April 5, at David Starr Jordan Middle School’s Lower Field. More than $10,000 was raised for the family from participants and donations from the community for this event.

“The community response and support at this event was inspiring and overwhelming,” commented Wilke Walk organizer and Jordan ASB Advisor Robin Hatch. “Our students, families and the community came together to demonstrate how much Chris and the Wilke family meant to them. I am proud that we raised approximately $10,000 for the Talbert Foundation.”

Medal winners of the 5K Wilke Walk pose with the Wilke family. (Photo Courtesy of Stacy Cashman)

Medal winners of the 5K Wilke Walk pose with the Wilke family. (Photo Courtesy of Stacy Cashman)

Many members of the Jordan staff, Edison staff (at which Chris’ younger brother Daniel attends school), Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, CPK Executive Chef Kong, Boys and Girls Club and Chris’ Boy Scout troop and baseball team came out to show their support, according to Jordan Principal Stacy Cashman.

Burbank running shoe store Fleet Feet supplied the arch, Western Bagel and Noah’s Bagels donated bagels and the Hollywood Way donated a certain percentage of their profits that day, she added.

Hundreds of Jordan students and their families also took part in the event.

Joe and Lisa Wilke, Chris' parents, walk along with local students. (Photo Courtesy of Stacy Cashman)

Joe and Lisa Wilke, Chris’ parents, walk along with local students. (Photo Courtesy of Stacy Cashman)

“Thanks to everyone for their support and donations for the Wilke family,” said Cashman. “I also wanted to give a shout out to Robin Hatch and the many Jordan staff members who helped to organize and put this event together.”

The community spirit and support displayed on Saturday was uplifting,” she said.

More than 400 people participated in the 5k Wilke Walk. (Photo Courtesy of Stacy Cashman)

More than 400 people participated in the 5k Wilke Walk. (Photo Courtesy of Stacy Cashman)

Over $25,000 has been raised by April 6, according to the Team Christopher Facebook page. The donations are collected by the Talbert Family Foundation to cover medical expenses incurred from Wilke’s battle with Bile Duct Cancer.

Wilke, a seventh-grader at Jordan Middle School, passed away March 20, just about 10 weeks after being diagnosed with the rare form of cancer and while undergoing treatment at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Many fundraisers and donations have been held throughout the community in recent weeks to show support for the Wilke family. The Talbert Family Foundation provides financial support to families suffering from cancer and major illnesses.

Wilke Walk Fundraising Event Planned At Jordan (update)

UPDATE #2 March 21, 2014 3:44 p.m. Jordan Middle School announced that the school can now take checks made payable to The Talbert Family Foundation for the Christopher Wilke Fundraiser.

People who would like to supply a meal to the Wilke family can go to mealtrain.com and click on “Team Christopher” to sign up for a date and time to supply the meal. There is also a link on the Facebook page for Christopher Wilke, Team Christopher.

UPDATE #1 March 20, 2014 1:45 p.m. Team Christopher reports: “At 9:33 this morning Christopher peacefully passed away. He was surrounded by his loving family. My God bless him and hold him in his arms.”

The entire staff of myBurbank extends their deepest sympathy and condolences to Christopher’s family, friends and school.

Jordan Middle School has sent emails and phone messages to all of the school’s approximately 1200 students and their families this afternoon saying:

As you know, Chris Wilke has been fighting cancer for the last several months. It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that he lost that fight this morning. His family reported that he passed peacefully. Chris meant so much to all of us and our hearts are with the Wilke Family. This is a difficult time for all of Jordan. We know that everyone handles grief differently, so if your child needs additional support, please do not hesitate to contact our counseling office at 818 558 4622 ext. 21924. The identified location will also be available for those who just want to reflect or be alone with their own thoughts. Jordan is a school that fosters family and friendship. We will all support one another as we get through this difficult time. Our hearts and thoughts are with the Wilke Family.”

The 5K Run/Walk For Wilke will go on, said Principal Stacy Cashman, More details will be forthcoming.

Original Article Posted March 18, 2014 9:29 a.m.

Jordan Middle School sponsors a special 5K Run/Walk For Wilke on Saturday, April 5, on the school grounds. Twelve-year-old Jordan student, Chris Wilke, has been struggling with a very rare form of cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, since being diagnosed in January 2014.

“We know that many will come out and show their support,” commented Jordan Principal Stacy Cashman. “One of the many things I love about the Burbank community is the way they wrap their arms around those in need and show unity and compassion for others.”

wilke5kflyerCashman urges people to form teams and spread the word of the event in order to extend greater support for Wilke’s battle.

Pre-registration is available by printing out the form and waiver in the attached photo gallery and mailing it to Jordan Middle School at 420 S. Mariposa St. Room 607 in Burbank. The school can accept cash payments or checks made out to “Christopher Wilke.”

People may also write a check as a straight donation and mail it to the school or donate online at http://www.talbertfamilyfoundation.org/pages/Christopher.html.

“Chris and the Wilke family have been very involved in the Burbank community,” added Cashman. “We are looking forward to a strong show of support from the Burbank community for Chris and the Wilke family.”

The Wilke Walk begins at 9:00 a.m., with registration available starting at 8:00 a.m. the day of the event. The entire $20 registration fee will be donated to the Wilke family.

Readers can keep up with Wilke’s ongoing battle with cancer on the facebook page Team Christopher.