Students rally around classmate with leukemia

MERIDIAN -- 7th grader Clay Buie was diagnosed with leukemia last August. And it's been a tough road ever since.

So, when his fellow students at Compass Public Charter School heard about his struggle, they put together a fundraiser called Keep Clay Running.

The walk-a-thon was organized by the school's 8th graders. They asked for donations and ordered t-shirts.

He's a great kid, 12 years old and has a great attitude, said teacher Jon Stadtlander. So we just wanted to come alongside him and encourage him with his walk.

Clay is currently in the maintenance phase of his treatment and gets chemotherapy every month.

Because of treatment and a compromised immune system, he's had to miss a lot of school, but technology has kept him connected.

The first part of the year he had to Facetime all of his teachers because he couldn't be around the public, said Stadtlander.

Now Clay's stronger, back in school, and he likes it that way. He was also able to be at the walk-a-thon.

Students say the fundraiser has been a really positive experience for them.

It feels awesome that you are helping someone in need, said students Callie and Ciera. Especially since we've met him before and he's a really cool guy, so it's neat to do.

The hope was to raise $5,000. And they far exceeded that amount. In total, the students raised $13,300 - money that will go toward medical expenses.

It's awesome, said Clay. I mean I didn't ask for this, I'm grateful, I didn't need any of this, it's an act of kindness and I'm very grateful.


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