Brandon and Paige English are known throughout the Canton and Cherokee School District communities. Chances are, if you don’t know who Brandon and Paige are, you probably have heard of Paige’s dad, Robert Wofford, former Cherokee County School board member and previous Assistant Superintendent of Personnel for Cherokee County schools. Brandon and Paige are teachers in the community. Paige is a teacher at Teasley Middle School and Brandon most recently was the physical education teacher at Sixes Elementary School. Recently, Brandon was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD), a rare form of dementia that affects people of all ages. The school communities of Sixes Elementary, Teasley Middle and Knox Elementary recently held a benefit for the English family to help with the costs of Brandon’s care and to raise awareness for FTD. Cherokee High student Emily Shelton assisted with the benefit as her senior project.
The Oct. 22 family fun run and chili dinner was held at River Church on Sixes Road in Canton. Boosterthon, Inc. set up the course and people of all ages ran for fun and to encourage a healthy lifestyle, as the English family exemplifies every day. Afterward, chili was served and a raffle was held, with prizes like a weekend cabin getaway, tickets to sporting events and gift certificates to local restaurants. At the end of the evening, more than $9,000 was raised on behalf of the English family. But more importantly, the community came together to show support for a family and a man who means so much to so many.