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Ariel Davenport is going in for her fourth and final three-week chemotherapy round, but it was a "good day," her mom said Tuesday when she received a donation from six Toth Elementary students.
The 15-year old Perrysburg High School sophomore has Hodgkin‘s Lymphoma, a cancer of lymph tissue. Six students at in the essentials class, which brings together a few students from first to fourth grade to learn some basics, ran a Kool-Aid stand that raised money for her.
The stand was to teach the students how businesses operate and to learn more about money. The students decided to give the money to Ariel and her family to help with medical expenses. The students made $350 in three days of sales and had more donated by people in the schools and family to bring the donation total up to $710.
"It felt amazing knowing people are helping and supporting me," Ariel said.
She was in the classroom Tuesday during a lunch break from Perrysburg High School to receive the gift. Students literally couldn't sit still with excitement to meet her finally.
"They ask about you all the time," said Linda Nichols to Ariel, who is the long-term substitute teacher for the class. "It was my honor to do this."
First grader Marwa Sediqe couldn't stop praising Ariel's dress, which had Ariel from Little Mermaid on it. Fourth grader Jordan Marsh kept repeating to his teachers with excitement, "Ariel is here!"
Others in the class include Jo Johns, Matt Davis, and Kendyl Christy. Brennen Wilson helped with the stand, too, but he is on vacation and not in school this week.
Students were able to meet, hug, and give cards to Ariel. A $710 check was presented to her.
"We've gotten a ton of support from the whole community," said Lee Davenport, her father.
Ariel found a lump under her arm in October and medicine made it go away for awhile, but a biopsy in March revealed the cancer they were dealing with. After this chemotherapy round, she will move to radiation and more fully body tests.
Ariel's mother Barb Davenport is excited to have the treatments finished, so her daughter can start taking her drivers education classes.
"This is so nice," Ariel said. "I'm very grateful and blessed with the support."
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