'He's inspired me': Bunnell High School rallies around junior during 2nd bout with cancer

Classmates Ryan Kingston and Meghan Fenton brought up the idea of a GoFundMe to help his family with mounting medical bills to teacher Tim Reilly, who immediately signed on to organize the effort.

News 12 Staff

Feb 28, 2021, 4:01 PM

Updated 1,186 days ago

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Bunnell High School is rallying around Jimmy Galpin, a junior who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last summer.
Galpin also lost his vision to cancer at age 2, but it never stopped him in life. In fact, he was featured on News 12 over three years ago when he was showing off his drumming skills.
He reconnected with News 12's Marissa Alter on Friday, saying that he still plays the drums – but they have taken a backseat after enduring 12 rounds of chemotherapy following his lymphoma diagnosis.
Through it all, Galpin attended classes remotely. His most recent scan shows that he is in remission.
Classmates Ryan Kingston and Meghan Fenton brought up the idea of a GoFundMe to help his family with mounting medical bills to teacher Tim Reilly, who immediately signed on to organize the effort.
“He's inspired me maybe like no other human being has done, but definitely like no other young adult has done before,” Reilly told News 12.
“He's very outgoing, very friendly. Everyone loves Jimmy,” says Fenton.
Kingston told News 12 that he couldn’t remember “one time when he’s had a frown on his face.”
In 24 hours, the campaign surpassed $5,000, with most donations coming from inside the Bunnell community.


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