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Students Raise Thousands For Classmate With Cancer

May 9, 2014, 6:08 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Students Raise Thousands For Classmate With Cancer

A couple of teachers at Mark Twain Elementary found themselves in a sticky situation Friday. Two teachers were duct taped to the wall, but it was for a good reason.

Cancer is tough on anybody, but it can be especially difficult for a child. 3rd grader Haley Trujillo was diagnosed with a tumor on her ovary in April.

"It's been pretty tough but she has such high spirits. I mean, this little girl can have a smile on her face and color and play with her friends and act like nothing's even wrong with her. It's amazing," Haley's sister, Natalie Patch, said. 

Haley's friends and teachers at Mark Twain Elementary decided to help her out, so they came up with the "Sticky Fly Fundraiser."

Kids put money in jugs with teachers' names on them and whoever had the most money was taped up to a wall.

"During lunch, first graders were coming with their little piggy banks, and kids were doing extra chores around the house. And encouraging their parents to donate money," third grade teacher Chanda Fawcett said.

"They were like excited that we would get teachers, teachers would get hanged like in the auditorium. And stuff like that," third grade classmate Jayden Raak said.

Sammi Bjelland: What does it look like out there?
Jayden Raak: A lot of people taped to the wall.

The kids raised $3,000 in just four days.

"I couldn't believe that the community came together and helped her like that. Haley's friends mean the world to her and her teachers.  So it was very, very sweet to hear that they all came together to do such a great thing for her," Patch said.

Even though Friday was a lot of fun for the students, they know what they've accomplished will be life changing for their friend.

"That she would just get a lot of money and pay for the stuff in the hospital and stuff like that," Raak said.

There is a fund set up for Haley at Sioux Empire Federal Credit Union; it's called "Hope for Haley."

You can also learn more about Haley at her CaringBridge page. 

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