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Raleigh student thanks classmates for support with lunch

Posted December 11, 2012

— Harrison McKinion and his classmates have always stayed close, and he decided to treat them to lunch to thank them for their support while he was fighting cancer.

The 11-year-old was diagnosed a year ago with leukemia and had to miss 80 days of school at North Raleigh Christian Academy while undergoing chemotherapy. His fifth-grade classmates sent him cards of encouragement and prayed for his recovery.

"Harrison's been a real hero to me," his father, Steve McKinion, said Tuesday. "He's been strong. He's encouraged and inspired me in a lot of ways. But we couldn't have done this without all the other heroes that have come alongside with him."

One of those heroes was Rashawn King, a former Middle Creek High School basketball player who also battled leukemia and now plays on the North Carolina Central University team.

WRAL SportsFan featured King's efforts on the college hardwood recently and noted that he was granted a wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation to feed his high school a Chick-fil-A lunch to thank them for their support.

"We saw that on TV, and Harrison was really inspired by that," McKinion said.

Students chow down on classmate's gesture of thanks Students chow down on classmate's gesture of thanks

So, the family worked with a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Wake Forest to donate meals for Harrison's 120 classmates and teachers on Tuesday.

"They've done a lot of stuff," said Harrison, who continues to undergo outpatient therapy although his cancer is in remission.

"They love my son, and they're great friends with him," McKinion said. "To see them enjoy this and to hear them one right after another (say), 'Thank you. Thank you. We love Harrison,' it means all the world."

Harrison's own wish through Make-A-Wish is to see a BCS bowl game, so he and his family will go to Miami next month to watch Alabama take on Notre Dame for the national title.


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  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Dec 12, 2012

    Thanks for the good news. It would be nice if all the posters paid as much attention to goodwill stories like this and not justv harping on the cliff, shootings, etc. It would probaly incite MORE GOODWILL :) Happy Holidays

  • dwade Dec 12, 2012

    Chic-fil-A is always so supportive!

  • Workingrepublican Dec 12, 2012

    Awesome story WRAL...This is what all news organizations should be reporting on. If we did our country and world would be alot better place...God bless this kid and hope he has a full recovery and that he pulls for the Irish next month..Enjoy the game Harrison..You will be in my prayers.

  • sunneyone2 Dec 12, 2012

    What a sweet gesture.

  • what the........ Dec 12, 2012

    He has definately been through alot this past year. Good to see such a great story!

  • 2xMom Dec 12, 2012

    How wonderful to see a positive story for once! Thank you!

  • londonengland41 Dec 12, 2012

    What an awesome young man.

  • CestLaVie Dec 12, 2012

    A heartwarming story. God bless you.

  • jahudson Dec 11, 2012

    Love this!

  • storchheim Dec 11, 2012

    Now that's an example of giving back. What a generous, thoughtful little boy! Hope he continues to rally.