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Sibley, IA students collect pennies to help pay classmate's medical bills

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SIBLEY, Iowa (KTIV) -

For six years, Eli Jansma's cancer has been in remission. The Sibley, Iowa, 3rd grader was just seven months old when doctors found a tumor in his brain, leaving him blind in one eye.

Now, his cancer is back. And, his classmates have vowed to help him beat it, again!

To help with medical costs, the entire school competed in a "penny war." Friday, his classmates gathered all the money to take to the bank. All week, the students collected pennies. Only pennies were accepted to get a point in the "war." But, kids could contribute any amount.

Of course the students had fun, and the family says the support is appreciated. "I think it's pretty nice and good to help raise money," said Eli Jansma, cancer patient. "It's amazing to me how all these young kids want to do this for Eli, it really is. And I just think that it's a great gift, it's a great, we're big on character counts here, and I think this is a very great character count move that the kids did," said Connie Jansma, Eli's mother.

The school got an overwhelming response. They've raised over $1,000, so far.

The family says they are trying many different treatments to find one that will shrink Eli's tumor. In the meantime, they are going to live life as normally as possible.

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