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Dalhart turns to prayer during rough weekend


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Dalhart turns to prayer during rough weekend

Dalhart High students, along with many others from the community and surrounding area, came together to support each other and the family of Yahir Cancino, a Dalhart sophomore who passed away late Friday evening, September 2 after a head injury during a JV football game against Sundown in Dimmitt on September 1. A prayer vigil was held at Memorial Stadium Friday evening before Cancino passed away, and then a candlelight vigil was held in Cancino’s honor on Sunday September 4, also at Memorial Stadium.

Cancino was airlifted to University Medical Center (UMC) in Lubbock from Dimmitt, which is where the game against Sundown was played. He lost consciousness in the fourth quarter, and was taken to Lubbock after trainers and emergency medical personnel were unable to revive him. The decision was made Friday morning to cancel Dalhart High’s varsity game against Sundown that was scheduled for that evening, and Dalhart’s home volleyball games against Pampa on Saturday September 3 were also canceled, while the Dalhart cross country teams chose not to compete at the Borger cross country meet last Saturday.

While some of Cancino’s friends and teammates, along with some of the football coaches, went to Lubbock to be with Cancino and his family, a prayer vigil was hosted at Memorial Stadium. Some students and other prayed in the stands, while others came out onto the field to pray. Later, most of those in attendance formed a large #22 on the field in honor of Cancino.

Cancino passed away at 10:20 p.m. on Friday, and his family announced on social media that his organs would be donated. The Dalhart High student council then decided to host a candlelight vigil in honor of Cancino and his family in the evening of Sunday September 4. The home stands were over half filled even during the holiday weekend, and included coaches from other nearby towns and the Texhoma, Oklahoma Red Devils football team.

A gofundme.com account was set up for the family, with an original goal of raising $10,000. As of the evening of Wednesday September 7, over $45,000 had been raised to help the family with expenses. Funds were also raised during the candlelight vigil, and there have been a number of different projects created to honor Cancino and raise even more money. There have been multiple t-shirt designs, decals, wrist bands, and other fundraising efforts over the past week.

Cancino was given an honor walk at UMC during the evening of Monday September 5 as he was taken to surgery for the organ donation. His organs were given to multiple people in Texas, New York and California.

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