Family of teen who died of cancer reaches landmark fundraising goal 11 years later

The family of a high school student from Anoka who died of cancer in 2010 has reached a fundraising milestone and presented a check for more than $1.2 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Dylan Witschen was first diagnosed with a supratentorial primitive neuroectodermal tumor after being tackled while playing high school football. He died in June 2010 after two years of radiation and chemotherapy.

The Dylan Witschen Foundation was established in his honor to raise money for childhood cancer research.

His family announced that the foundation had raised a total of more than $1.2 million during the annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Walk/Run Saturday in Ramsey.

The walk was one of dozens of events across the country to raise money for St. Judes.

The money will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where Witschen was treated. According to the Star Tribune, the foundation has raised $155,000 this year, more than double last year.

The Dylan Witschen Foundation also hosts events, including an annual golf tournament to raise money and honor Witschen’s love of sports.

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