Maize friends and community rally behind high school principal in fight against cancer


MAIZE, Kan. (KWCH) – The Maize community is rallying behind one of its high school principals, Chris Botts. He and his family are in Houston where Botts is receiving treatment for an aggressive type of back cancer, large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (LCNEC). Background information about Botts’ cancer, shared on a Facebook page dedicated to a fundraising event for his family, said the cancer is usually found in the lungs, but Botts’ tumor was in “one place extremely rare”, his heart.

“Doctors were able to remove the heart mass and we are grateful for that, however, Botts needs our financial help for the next round of this fight,” the post read.

Botts, the principal of Maize High School, said faith helped him find peace in his battle with cancer. When he heard his diagnosis, he knew where to go.

“You know, I had great faith and immediately surrendered it to God, and I’ve been at peace ever since,” he said. “…I never thought at 46 that I would be a cancer patient. Here we are and I am, I am a warrior.

Botts’ battle prompted the organization of several efforts in his community, raising money for the Botts family to help pay for Chris’ treatments.

Rob and Bob Lane of Lane Enterprises say they have known Botts all his life. Now they want to be there for their longtime friend, providing a Saturday fundraiser with a personal touch. Lane Enterprises partly owns local McDonald’s franchises.

With the fundraiser, Cokes for Chris, running from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, four participating McDonald’s locations will donate a portion of their sales to help Botts and his family. Participating locations include:

  • 10321 W 21st St, Wichita, KS 67212
  • 7311 W 21st St, Wichita, KS 67205
  • 2002 W Central Avenue, El Dorado, KS 67042
  • 506 N Tyler Rd, Wichita, KS 67212

“I know (Botts) has always loved McDonald’s Coke and so we had the idea of ​​trying to put something in place to try to help him and his family with medical and other expenses. “said Rob Lane.

The Maize community is also organizing a fundraiser for Saturday, a “BBQ Bash for Botts” at Maize Career Academy (11700 W. 45th Street North, in Maize). The event is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. and proceeds will go directly to Botts’ family.

“We’ve had a lot of parent volunteers and community donations, small business donations, just to help raise money to support their families,” said Abby Mercado, helping organize the BBQ Bash. “So he’s a big supporter of the community, so it’s great to see the community come back and give to him.”

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