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Sixth graders rally behind friend with cancer

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An area group of sixth graders are rallying behind their friend after he was diagnosed with stage three cancer. Will Mason, 11, is battling Burkitt Lymphoma, but not alone. Three of his friends and classmates from Clear Creek Amana Middle School have started raising money to help with Will's medical bills.

The trio made neon green bracelets that read, "Be strong fight with Will." The money raised by selling the bracelets will go to Will's family. To his friends, the saying on the bracelets means, "he is going to beat cancer."

Will has stage three Burkitt Lymphoma, which is confined to his stomach. The diagnosis shocked his young friends.

"We didn't expect him to have cancer...when he was throwing up in art we thought it was just the flu and then he went home and our friend told us he has cancer," said Carson Nash, 6th grade.

The group of friends say they were scared for their friend and wanted to help.

"I felt scared, I didn't know if he was going to make it or what was going to happen," said Ryker Jones, 6th grade.

Carson adding,"it's sad, because Will's our friend and we don't want to see him go down like that."

The boys made the bracelets to raise money for Will and his medical bills, but to also show support.

"I think in the end it's gonna mean a lot and help him get through it too," said Ryker.

Will has a battle ahead of him, but he has friends fighting with him.

"I hope it gets over with soon and he can fight through it and be strong," said Ryker.

Ryker, Carson and their friend Jack Stevens are selling the bracelets for $5 at Clear Creek Amana Middle School starting Monday. So far they've sold more than 40 and the bracelets came in today.

Friends say Will had a port put in earlier this week and is set to start his first round of chemo tomorrow. To follow Will's journey or to find out how to donate CLICK HERE.

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