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Elementary students raise thousands for classmate with cancer

HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) -

Every penny helps. We hear it all the time. But today, some elementary students at an East Texas school, who held a coin drive to help a classmate fight cancer, learned that old adage is very true.

Wylie Elementary in Henderson collected $3,097.27.

One student donated a hundred dollar bill, then you may have another student donate seven cents.

Clay Freeman, the principal at Wylie Elementary said every penny makes a difference. "That seven cents meant a lot to that student, and it's just amazing, when 825 students come together, what can happen."

Elementary-age students raised the money in just one week, all for their friend Maribell Mariel, who has a tumor on her liver.

"I really wanted her to come to school and I really wanted her to feel better so she doesn't have to keep getting sick, because I know chemo makes her sick, " said third grader Rylie Huff. 

Principal Freeman says they did not want to offer a prize to the student who raised the most money, he instead wanted to teach the principle of giving, and giving what you can.

"I might not remember what I did in math class when I got home when I was in third grade, but you're going to remember helping a student, helping a friend out," said Freeman.

"We wanted them to learn to give, and not expect anything in return, except the blessing for Maribell and her family," said assistant principal Carlette Mills.

Maribell and her family travel to Dallas on a weekly basis for chemotherapy.
The principal says the money will go a long way to help them with their expenses.

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