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Music for a Friend:
Gospel choir raises money for injured classmate

Gospel and church choirs from around Spokane, including Whitworth’s Exceptional Praise Gospel Choir, participated last February in the Black Student Union’s 12th annual Gospel Explosion.

The BSU donated all proceeds from the event to the recovery of Kelvin Garner, a Ghanaian student who sustained serious injuries in a near-drowning last June and who remains in a coma. The roughly 250 people in attendance at the event raised more than $3,300 for Garner’s recovery.

“Kelvin’s condition is progressing,” says Stephy Nobles-Beans, coordinator of ministry and multicultural affairs. “He has started some physical therapy, and we pray that his condition continues for the best.”

Garner is currently undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Each treatment costs $5,000, Nobles-Beans says.

The Kelvin Garner Recovery Account has been set up with Wells Fargo Bank to assist in paying for his medical expenses.


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