CHICAGO — A principal on Chicago’s Northwest Side made good on a promise today with students who hit a fund raising goal to help one of their own suffering from a very rare disease.
11-year-old Melinda Ortega was recently diagnosed with a very rare autoimmune disease.
Melinda explains juvenile dermatomyositis is a muscle disease where the immune system attacks the body and it attacks itself.
”And it makes me really weak and I can’t do much,” she adds.
JDM only affects about three in every million children. Currently there is no cure. Melinda is on nine different medicines a day and is trying to knock it into remission.
Her friends and school family decided to hold a fundraiser and walk steps.
Each class at St. John’s Lutheran school went above and beyond the 1000 dollars they expected and raised 4,000 dollars in their Step-a-Thon.
Besides seeing a smiling Melinda, their reward was taping their principal to the wall.
For nearly an hour, each and every of the 180 students grabbed a strip of tape and began taping their principal to the wall. Dozens of rolls in different colors were used to plaster on Principal Markworth’s full body painter suit.
Melinda laid the first strip of tape. It was her first time back to class in a long time. She also laid the last piece.
In the end, Mr. Markworth was firmly attached to the wall.