Students offer 'courage' to boy with cancer

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Updated: 5/17/2013 5:51 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- 5 year-old Cooper Miller is a happy go lucky little boy. Even when life threw him a curve ball last year.

"He just rolls with it, he keeps his sense of humor," said his mom Alexis.

She said last February, Cooper was diagnosed with cancer.

"He had a low grade fever, got progressively worse over a weekend, took him to the doctor, she sent us to the ER, blood work was done and it showed he had leukemia."

He started chemo right way and was doing well, until a month ago, when he contracted pneumonia and started going downhill. He was air-lifted to Children's Hospital Oakland, where he spent time in intensive care.

That's when fellow students at Huffaker Elementary School stepped in to offer him a bit of courage.

"We're so lucky in how the best of humanity comes out in situations like this," said Alexis.

Students and parents started selling bracelets and necklaces with the word "courage" on them, to raise money for Cooper's family and medical costs.

"They would bring in their baggies of money and say we want to give this to Cooper," said parent organizer Denell Wynn.

Wynn said in just two days, they had raised nearly $2,000. And almost every kid at school was wearing their support.

When she thinks about how the school has rallied around Cooper, Alexis said she can't help but get choked up.

"I cry a lot, in fact he tells me, mom stop crying you cry too much," she said.

And staying strong is something Cooper strives for every day. Of course having a little courage from his friends, doesn't hurt either.

"I don't know how to put into words what it means to have the support from all the kids and the school," said Alexis. "You know they're aware and they care and you know they're here for him, it's really neat."

Cooper is still receiving chemo treatments and steroids. He is in remission but will continue to get chemo until April of 2015.
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