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YHS Students Send Cancer Patient/Recent Grad To Disneyland

Larayna Tapetillo

Yosemite High’s Leadership students held a “Penny War” fundraiser to send former Yosemite High School Leadership student and recent graduate Larayna Tapetillo to Disneyland and got the entire campus involved.

Larayna is currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for a rare, inoperable form of brain cancer. Larayna and her mother, who had been living in San Francisco since December while Larayna was receiving treatment, returned to Merced last month. In an effort to lift her spirits, Leadrship students began the fundraiser to send Larayna and her mom to Disneyland.

“As you can imagine, this has taken a tremendous financial and emotional toll on Larayna and her mom,” said YHS Principal Charles Jolly. “It was a shock for our staff, and it's been great to see the generosity of students for a YHS grad that many did not even know.”

The family set up a GoFundMe account for anyone who wishes to help cover travel/medical expenses.

Thank you ABC30 Action News for covering this story!