Hundreds gather to grant teen’s dying wish

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MASON, Mich. (WLNS) – After a teenager with big dreams passes away, the Mason community rallies together to help make those dreams come true.

Hundreds of people gathered in Mason for the first “Amazing Photo Challenge.” It was to honor Luke Granger, a local teen who died of cancer last year.

Teams of people get a list of places and locations to visit and take photos in downtown Mason. Then, they upload those photos to a Facebook page.

The goal is to get to all the places on the list by the end of the day to help raise money for kids who want to go to camp but cannot afford it.

It was Luke Granger’s wish before he passed away, and today, more than forty businesses participated to help make it happen.

“It’s really devastating and terrible to lose your child and it’s been hard every single day,” said Luke’s father James Granger.

James and Laura Granger lost their 17-year-old son Luke to cancer last year and they say it’s been tough trying to cope.

“He had said not long before he died that he was afraid people would forget him,” said Laura Granger.

But forgetting Luke is far from possible in the city of Mason, as a sea of people celebrate his life by wearing his favorite color.

“We wanted just to make the day all about yellow, and all things Luke, and different fun things he would’ve loved,” said Kendra Patterson, the organizer of Mason’s Amazing Photo Challenge.

Patterson babysat Luke as a kid. She also owns a business in downtown Mason. She says it’s important to make sure Luke’s legacy lives on, which is why she organized what’s called Mason’s Amazing Photo Challenge in his honor.

“I know that he’s looking down and he’s just overwhelmingly happy,” said Patterson.

“He would’ve loved an event like this, where he got to just be around town, taking pictures, seeing lots of people, playing games,” said Laura Granger.

Luke’s passion was playing as many instruments as he could get his hands on.

“He loved music and he wanted to be a band director when he grew up,” said Laura Granger.

So his high school band also played a few songs for him. Teresa Wren owns Kean’s Gift Shop in downtown Mason and says it warms her heart to be a part of something bigger than herself.

“I just think it shows how wonderful a small town is and how we all group together to support people,” said Wren.            

The Granger’s are grateful that the community is joining together to help carry on the legacy of their son, while also helping other kids along the way.

“I like that people remember him, that he’s not forgotten because I don’t forget for one second of any day,” said Laura Granger.

If you weren’t able to make it to the event today, you can still help make Luke’s dream come true by donating online.

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