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Fundraising event to be held for Bristol track teammate

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Students and classmates are holding a fundraiser for Bristol Eastern High School senior Billy King. (WFSB) Students and classmates are holding a fundraiser for Bristol Eastern High School senior Billy King. (WFSB)
BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

Students at Bristol Eastern High School organized a walk on Saturday for a member of the track team who recently lost his leg to cancer.

Students were preparing on Friday to turn the track into a river of yellow at Bristol Eastern High School.

“I’m hoping everybody there in their yellow T-shirts, wearing their yellow bands will show him just a flood of yellow bright support for him,” Spanish Teacher Ashley Ingvertsen said.

Yellow is the color of support for osteosarcoma, which is a type of bone cancer that has hit senior Billy King.

"He had a bump on his leg and was trying to rehab through it,” special education teacher Mark Kilray said. “And [he] decided to go get it checked out."

The diagnosis was tough for both King and his teammates on the cross country and track teams.

"He's always so positive, whenever you have a bad race,” track teammate Wyatt Doyon said. “He always tries to come over to you and cheer you up right away."

Facing bone cancer, he had to make a tough choice, ultimately decided to amputate his lower leg.

"Best chance of survival, best chance of fewer surgeries and complications down the road,” Kilray said.

Now, King is facing chemo until October, but hopefully, the chance to run again.

At the Greater Bristol Track Invitational just a few weeks ago - the proceeds from T-shirt sales went to King and his family. A local ice cream shop held a fundraiser, and a GoFundMe page was started as well. All to help the King family with medical expenses, and ultimately getting Billy a prosthetic running blade, so he can hit the track again someday.

"He was so into running, we'd have cross country practice, and then he'd go up into the track and continue running to keep in shape for track and stuff like that,” Doyon said.

They hope the walk for King will show him, they're all in this race together.

"Everyone knows Billy,” classmate Karen Guzman said. “Everyone knows he's a positive person and we knew people would want to do something to support him."

Saturday’s walk is at Bristol Eastern High School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets are $3 with T-shirts are being sold for $12.

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