Students at East Middle School lined the sidewalks in front of the building as they held signs, wore T-shirts and danced during a virtual parade held for their fellow student Kyler Carpenter on Friday in Butte.
Carpenter was diagnosed with osteosarcoma bone cancer on March 11 and has since been receiving treatment in Salt Lake City.
East students decided to hold a parade and fundraiser, selling T-shirts, stickers and bracelets for Carpenter. Local businesses matched the money that students brought in and Principal Keith Miller estimated the total amount raised is around $10,000.
Miller also said the students have learned about generosity and humility from Carpenter as he faces a fight with cancer that includes the removal of a tumor and 30 weeks of chemotherapy atIntermountain Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City.
"Thank you so much for your love and support for Kyler as he combats cancer," says Cody Carpenter, Kyler's father, on a video journal posted on the CaringBridge site created for the Butte teen. "What can you do to help us out? Every one of you can do this: you can pray." Donations can be made to Kyler's fight against cancer through his CaringBridge site at https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kylercombatscancer.
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Nimue Willan, 13, raises her hand in the air as she and other East Middle School students celebrate Kyler Carpenter in a virtual parade. Carpenter was diagnosed with osteosarcoma bone cancer on March 11 and is receiving cancer treatment at Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City. He will need a total of 30 treatments and his fellow students and several local businesses wanted to create a fundraiser to help his family with the expenses. Students sold T-shirts, stickers and bracelets and Langlas & Associates, the construction team currently working on the upgrades to the school, has offered to match the kids' donations. Principal Keith Miller said donations are estimated at $10,000. To make a donation to help support Kyler Carpenter's cancer treatment please visit his page on CaringBridge at https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kylercombatscancer