In the face of adversity, the human spirit has an uncanny ability to shine its brightest. Kathryn Senor Elementary student Asher Bourquin is a remarkable young man who, at just one-year-old, embarked on a journey that would test his resilience. Six years later, he finds himself in the position to give back, with a little help from his Garfield Re-2 family.
The Bourquin family's world was turned upside down a week after Asher's first birthday when he was diagnosed with an exceptionally rare and cancerous brain tumor known as Atypical Rhabdoid Tumor (ATRT). The road ahead was filled with medical procedures. In that challenging year, Asher underwent three brain surgeries and faced the relentless battle of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, each step requiring courage from this young warrior. His journey was not one traveled alone; it was a collective effort by his family, friends, and an entire medical team.
Garfield Re-2 School District student enrollment continues to increase, despite the State seeing the lowest overall PK-12 enrollment levels since 2013.
The District added 124 students or 2.66% over last year, continuing a steady increase in students following the 2020-21 low of 4,526 as the nation emerged from COVID restrictions and online learning. According to the Colorado Department of Education, Garfield Re-2 is one of 65 Districts reporting flat or increased student enrollment.
Students around the Garfield Re-2 School District participated in a student-led Wish
Week to fundraise for Make-A-Wish Colorado, featuring Asher, a 7- year-old wish kid
from New Castle who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Asher is in second grade at
Kathryn Senor Elementary School, a feeder school for Coal Ridge High School. Asher’s
wish to go to Walt Disney World Resorts was granted in 2022. Asher, his family, and his
entire second-grade class participated in an all-school assembly Coal Ridge High
School on Thursday.
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