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Lee Co. students wear yellow to remember Nick Widner

LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

Students are wearing yellow at Lee County High School to remember a student who died of Cancer on Tuesday.

Widner was an inspiration to many who knew him, including his family and best friend. Now his dad says they want to spread awareness about Childhood Cancer.

For  a school who's traditional colors are red and black, there was a lot of yellow worn today.

It's all in remembrance of former student Nick Widner, who passed away at just 17-years-old of a rare type of bone Cancer.

"He battled it really hard for three and a half years," says his Dad David Widner.

His dad says he was a great kid. He was diagnosed at just 14-year-old. 

Now his parents want to carry on his son's wishes to bring awareness to childhood Cancer.

His dad, David Widner says it's more than a coincidence he passed away during September, which is childhood cancer awareness month.

"Nichols passing away in September is almost like God sent to me that's what we need to do. We will continue to fight for that so that everyone knows," he says.

His family says he didn't have a lot of friends, but the ones he did have were close.

Including Marvin Thomas Junior, who says they formed a close bond after finding out they had the same birthdays.

"He said my birthday is fixing to come up soon too, and I said oh well mine is pretty early, January the 2nd. And he told me his is January 2nd and I'm sitting. here looking at him like Naahh can't be,” says his best friend, Marvin Thomas Junior.

And they stayed close, Thomas says he could always depend on him.

"He didn't judge, he was just a sweet person, and very calm," he says.

And despite his illness, he managed to still complete his school work. Something Principal Kevin Dowling says is remarkable.

"Him doing that is a testament to his will, his diligence and the work of the teachers, that helped out here and his home bound teachers,"
says principal Kevin Dowling.

In fact he did earn his high school diploma, which Dowling gave to his parents today. They will have an empty chair at graduation in his remembrance.

Visitation will be at Matthew’s Funeral Home in Albany from 5 pm to 8 pm on Saturday.

His funeral  will be Sunday at 3 pm at True Life Church of God on Fussell Rd. in Lee County.

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