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Buddy Check 7: Middle schooler makes a pink birthday wish

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Early detection is key to a quick recovery, and one Dubuque boy, who's mother is fighting breast cancer, is trying to make sure other moms and dads can fight cancer and win.

For Luke Carroll's 12th birthday, he asked his entire school, George Washington Middle School, for something for his mom, Diane.

"He wanted to know what he could do to help out and I said, with it being your birthday, just make kids aware," Diane Carroll said.

Just before Christmas, Diane Carroll found out she has stage two breast cancer.

"I do self-exams and could not feel it so it was detected completely on the mammogram," Diane said.

As soon as Luke found out, he wanted to do something.

"I wanted to go to the doctor's appointments, but I couldn't because I'm not old enough, so I was trying to think of something I could do, and I figured I could get people to wear pink," Luke said.

Starting out on Facebook, Luke asked his classmates to wear pink to school on his birthday. About half the school did.

"It'll support more people to awareness, so other moms and parents can go see if they have breast cancer," Luke said.

"It makes me very proud. Not only of what Luke is doing, but as the school supports him. It just shows that even at this age, a community can pull together," Diane said.

The Carrolls' goal is to increase awareness by educating middle schoolers who might take the message home.

"It makes me feel proud. Like people actually listen to me and support me," Luke said.

"I'm going to fight it! I thank you all for wearing pink or just thinking pink, and all your support!" Diane told students.

Diane is currently undergoing treatment. She had surgery last week and is working with doctors on more treatments.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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