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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Ever since his diagnosis with a rare disease, a Columbus 8th grader has been fighting to get well. On Thursday, Andrew Wade, a student at Brookstone Middle School, received some of the first good news in months at a special presentation in his hospital room.

Instead of playing outdoors and enjoying his youth, Wade is stuck in the hospital, unable to walk as he fights a rare type of cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma.

"I was diagnosed with cancer on December 10 and that kind of shocked me. It put me off my legs for a little while. I've been doing chemotherapy for about twelve weeks now," said Wade.

When Brookstone biology teacher and cross country coach Dorothy Cheruiyot learned of Wade's condition, she told him she wanted to run a race in his honor to kick start a fundraiser fighting cancer.

"He's been such a brave boy and I just thought it would be nice to show him support," Cheruiyot.

His friends at Brookstone and the community at large raised money buying 'Cougars for Andrew' bracelets. Last week, Cheruiyot finished 5th overall in the Carl Touchstone Memorial trail 50 in Mississippi, and she was the first female finisher in her race.

"This is the third year I was running, and I thought it would just give him more energy to keep fighting the cancer and just to show him support."

She presented him with her medal and a check for over $3,500, which Wade will present to the Columbus Regional Pediatric Center.

"So they can help other kids like me and get it treated faster. Hopefully soon, cancer will be like a cold or something to other kids and they won't have to do the stuff I did."

And that's not all. Before the presentation, Wade got the results from his most recent scans.

"We got the best news we could, which was that there's nothing left there."

With any luck, he will be on his feet and back with his friends in no time.

Ewing's Sarcoma is a bone cancer that primarily affects younger people. At about 200 cases diagnosed per year, it accounts for less than 1% of all childhood cancers. But it sounds like soon, there will be one less patient on that list.

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