A group of third graders from College Street Elementary School in Lindale are working to raise money for a boy who is fighting West Nile meningitis.
12-year-old Wade Gamblin of Lindale recently came out of his coma but is still in a Dallas hospital.
His family says Gamblin is preparing to start chemotherapy to fight his infection.
Some of the students raising money at College Street Elementary School are in the same class as Wade's little sister.
The group is competing in a program called Destination Imagination and this year they chose a community service challenge, which will benefit Wade.
"He's paralyzed from his neck down. They have to cut a hole in his neck and put a tube in it just so he can breathe," says third grader Blake Blain.
Wade's condition is a hard thing for the group of young students to imagine.
"We know his sister and so we just felt we need to help him," says Gavin James, another third grader in the group.
The students decided one way they can help Wade is by creating T-shirts to sell as a fundraiser. All proceeds from the T-shirt sales will go to Wade's medical fund, which is set up First Convenience Banks all over East Texas.
"His family has a lot of medical bills so we're just trying to get as much money as we can to help his family pay those bills," Blain says.
Their leader, Leslie Cain, says the kids came up with the fundraising idea all on their own. She plans to take them to Dallas to meet Wade.
"I think seeing him and actually putting a face to this name, that's going to be kind of a full circle moment for them," Cain says.
Even before meeting wade, it seems the students understand.
"Even if we don't win, we'll still feel good inside because we're helping a local person who is very sick," says Blain.
The students plan to sell their shirts at various locations in Lindale. They are accepting orders on their Facebook page "Fighting for Wade Gamblin."
You can also donate to the Wade Gamblin medical fund at First Convenience Banks all over East Texas.
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