by Maddy Propis
In 2010, Cody Byrnes, a former Hills East student, was diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, Cody lost his battle with cancer in December of 2014. Many events took place throughout the duration of Cody’s struggle to acknowledge him as a beloved member of our school community. Fundraisers to provide funds, support, and awareness, have become a regular occurrence as the entire HHH family wanted to help in any way they could to stand with Cody and his mother, Mrs. Mary Byrnes (HHH teacher). Last year, Hills East held, what would become its first annual volleyball tournament during gym classes in honor of Cody, who was a soccer player and involved in HSE athletics. This year, in addition to the volleyball tournament, which took place during the week of November 16th, Hills East hosted “SuperHero Day” on November 18th. SuperHero Day was intended to honor HSE’s very own SuperHero, Cody Byrnes. On this day, students and staff were encouraged to dress like their favorite SuperHero and make a donation towards the Cody L. Byrnes Memorial Foundation with the intent of starting a scholarship fund for a worthy HSE athlete. In addition to dressing like their favorite SuperHero, students also had the opportunity to donate a dollar for their very own SuperHero logo on which they were encouraged to write the name of their hero. These logos are proudly displayed outside the West Gym. All in all, SuperHero Day was a huge success. The Cody L. Byrnes Memorial foundation raised funds and awareness, while offering members of the HSE community the opportunity to honor their very own SuperHero, Cody Byrnes.
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