MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Cancer is an illness that seems to touch everyone's life in one way or another. That's no different for Memphis University School senior Daniel Tancredi.
"You don't really know how bad it is until it hits you close to home," Tancredi said. "And that was honestly the case."
In 2014, he and fellow MUS student Grayson Lee learned their friend and classmate Lin Zheng had leukemia. They decided to raise money for St. Jude in his honor through the Race to Remission. The 5k raised $50,000, and more importantly, raised their friend's spirits.
"Getting a phone call from his mom sometime after saying that the reason he did so well with the experimental chemotherapy he was going through was the support he got through this event," Tancredi said.
Now the two are showing support for Lin and two other friends, Allie Allen and Adam Cruthirds, who are also battling cancer.
On April 2 they will hold another race, along with a festival, at their school. This time they are getting help from all around Memphis to try and raise $100,000.
"It doesn't matter what school you go to, what area you're from," Lee said. "Eventually everyone comes together."
So far the students have raised $50,000 through a variety of ways, including selling wristbands.