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Piney Grove rallies for burn victim
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Forsyth County News

A fund has been established for a 13-year-old boy who was severely burned in a Feb. 1 accident.

Daniel Deleon, an eighth-grader at Piney Grove Middle School, is being treated at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Cincinnati.

He is listed in critical but stable condition at the hospital, where is expected to stay for a year. More than 70 percent of his body was burned when he reportedly tried to light a grill with gasoline.

Donations can be made to the Daniel Deleon Fund at Regions Bank.

Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for the Forsyth County school system, said Piney Grove students raised $1,000 Wednesday for the fund.

According to a letter sent home to Piney Grove parents, bracelets are being sold in Deleon’s honor and a T-shirt fundrasier also is in the works.

Chick-fil-A at The Avenue shopping mall has agreed to donate part of the profits from next week’s sales to the fund.

Customers have been asked to tell the cashier they want to support Deleon when ordering. Students are invited to the restaurant Feb. 21 to make a group picture to send their classmate.

Thursday night the school joined with Cici’s Pizza on Ronald Reagan Boulevard for a “Piney Grove and Cici’s Pizza Support Daniel Night,” with a portion of the proceeds going to the fund.

The school also is collecting cards and letters from students and staff to send to the Deleons in Ohio. Students can also bring monetary donations for the fund to their teachers at the school.

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