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YGC: Students get classmate Apple iPad


by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) St. Edward's fourth grader Justin Jasper loves to be active, but he suffers from an autoimmune disease.

He's undergoing chemotherapy and regularly visits the hospital in Iowa City. His parents, teachers and classmates say through it all, he's kept a positive attitude.

"A lesson to teach all of us adults to pick up and go despite, when life gives you lemons you make lemonade and that's certainly what he has done," said Mom Kris Jasper.

Parents of one of Justin's classmates came up with the idea of getting him an Apple iPad for his hospital visits.

"We thought let's just send a letter to parents and the response was overwhelming. Every single child wanted to give something," said Sarah Steele.

Justin said at first, he didn't know the iPad was for him.

"I figured out it was for me, and then I'm like oh my gosh," said Justin Jasper.

He's now able to listen to music, watch movies, read books and check his email.

"The fourth graders have just been so happy to do this for him. The day he opened it in class he said I'm speechless. He was touched, and I think it just shows the community we have here at St. Edwards," said Sarah Steele.

"He takes it, he's bragged to the nurses and doctors about what wonderful classmates he has and what a great thing they've done for him," said Kris Jasper.

To thank the fourth graders, Justin's mom threw a pizza party.

"We wanted to thank them. They've done so much for us and we wanted to show how appreciative we are for all their thoughts, prayers and concerns," she said.

Thanks to his new iPad, Justin can stay in touch with his classmates even when he's at the hospital.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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