Fentress County boy fighting cancer gets huge surprise at school

Fentress County boy fighting cancer gets huge surprise at school

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Alex was surprised with a Disney cruise. Alex was surprised with a Disney cruise.
"If it weren't for them we couldn't do this. We couldn't fight the fight that we've been fighting for so long now," said Darla Ardziejewski. "If it weren't for them we couldn't do this. We couldn't fight the fight that we've been fighting for so long now," said Darla Ardziejewski.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

JAMESTOWN (WATE) - A Fentress County boy who has been fighting cancer received a huge surprise at school Thursday.

10-year-old Alex LaRue, who is a third grader at South Fentress Elementary, was only five when he was first diagnosed with a rare type of brain cancer. He is now on his fourth battle with the disease.

On Thursday, the community came together to show their support for this young man.  

Alex had no idea a huge surprise was waiting for him inside his school when he arrived for a normal school assembly.

"Today we want to come together to celebrate Alex as an hero because he is the best example of a hero," said assistant principle and Alex's great-aunt Linda Hodgen. "He's courageous. He's brave."

After a surprise visit from Superman, Alex was presented several gifts. The last gift was the most special.

"Several weeks ago Alex and I had a conversation about doing anything he possibly could do," said principal Tracy Stockton-Burnett. "What would it be? He wanted to go on a Disney cruise."

After a $5,000 anonymous donation was made that wish became a reality Thursday.

"I have some very special friends and they are sending you on a Disney cruise," said Stockton-Burnett to a surprised Alex.

Alex's family says without the community's support it would be even harder

"They call us heroes," said Alex's mother Darla Ardziejewski. "That we are their heroes, but they are really our heroes. If it weren't for them we couldn't do this. We couldn't fight the fight that we've been fighting for so long now."

"Thank you for making me have a fun time," added Alex.

Everyone is keeping Alex in their prayers, and knows this hero will continue to fight.

Alex is on a modified schedule at school and comes when he can.

A website has been set up for him if you would like to show your support.

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