Conway High School will present a Chicken Bog Fundraiser on Tuesday at 4 p.m., followed by the CHS A Capella Choir’s Songs for the Soul sacred concert at the CHS Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
The proceeds from the fundraiser will go to endow the Lee Cates Memorial Legacy Scholarship, established in 2013, that awards a $1,000 scholarship to one senior each year.
Tickets are $5 and available at the school, or from any chorus or National Honor Society student. Eat-in and takeout service will be available, and there is no charge for the concert.
Cates was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in December of 2006, shortly after completing his first semester at Clemson University. He battled his way into remission for three years before relapsing and eventually receiving a bone marrow transplant. He worked to make a difference in the lives of others before losing his battle against leukemia in March of 2012.
He was heavily-involved in “just about everything” at CHS, according to choir director Jacelyn Spearman.
“He was president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he filmed for the football team…he was an incredible young man,” Spearman said.
He was a member of the Mock Trial team, as well as several of the school’s academic honor societies.
For the scholarship, the school tries to choose the student who “best embodies the spirit of what he [Cates] did while he was here.”
According to Angie Johnson, her son loved to help people so he enrolled in the MUSC School of Medicine hoping he could make a difference in the lives of others. He died shortly after being accepted into the program.
“We wanted to do something that would benefit Lee’s memory,” Johnson said. “He loved learning. He loved Conway High School. His high school years were a highlight. We wanted to help other people and make sure he is not forgotten.”
Cates especially loved music.
“Lee loved music and he participated in A Cappella and all of the choirs at Conway High School,” Johnson said
Johnson said he also played the guitar and loved gospel music.
“We try to continue to remember him, and give back to the school and the community,” Spearman said.