Students create fund, raise money for classmate

Kyler Wright

LOS LUNAS (KRQE) – On Halloween, most kids were out trick-or-treating, but not a group of Los Lunas boys.

They were doing something far more important to them, trying to save the life of their best friend and their job is nowhere near done.

Friday night in Los Lunas, is more than football. It’s also about Kylar Wright, a 17-year-old Los Lunas High School student who is fighting for his life.

“He’s a friend, I know he would do it for me, he’s the kind of guy who you treat like your family” said Jacob Baca. He is one of the Baca boys, some of Kylar’s friends who have made it their mission to raise money for Kylar and his family.

Kylar’s health problems started when he was just 6 years old. He suffered liver failure, then lung failure. This past spring he was infected with Valley Fever, another life-changing event. His family learned he had a genetic disorder and without a bone marrow transplant, leukemia would be next.

To prepare for the transplant, Kyler had lung surgery in Denver in September, but it didn’t go as planned. On Sept. 25, Kyler went into cardiac arrest. More than a month later, Kyler is still fighting, but his friends refuse to let him do it alone.

The “Fight for Kyler” movement was born from this effort. Volunteers hand out fliers, take donations around town, and online at GoFundme.com. They also organize blood drives to help Kyler with his daily blood transfusions.

Kyler’s mom is moved to tears by the support. “It’s huge, it’s things we can’t do. It’s focus we don’t have right now; we’re focused on being up at the hospital with Kylar and being home with our other three kids and that’s it. We can’t think of anything else right now,” said Kelly Wright.

Kyler’s friends aren’t done yet. They won’t stop until Kyler is back home and back to his old self.

Kyler Wright

“Fight for Kyler” will host a blood drive Nov. 22 at the Applebees in Los Lunas (click link to view in Google Maps) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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