MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — In tonight’s What’s Working, some young students are making a big impact on finding a cure for cancer. A group of St. Paul’s Episcopal School students have raised thousands of dollars for research. They have a personal connection to cancer.
“I have seen other people make the bracelets, and I thought it would be cool for my dad,” 5th grader, Kit Shell said.
Kit Shell’s dad, Jeb, was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer back in July. It was found in his lymph nodes and metastasized to his liver. He is undergoing chemotherapy and has had surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.
“You have to get into a fighting mode. We got together, and we were going to battle it and take it head on,” Jeb Shell said.
His children, Kit and John, along with Kit’s friends, decided to raise money for cancer research. They first started making beaded bracelets, then they had blue rubber ones made with the words, “Team Jeb,” and “Three Steps Ahead.” In his Facebook posts to friends and family, Jeb uses the phrase “Three Steps Ahead,” as he refers to God being three steps ahead of cancer.
The entire community has supported the students’ efforts, and they have raised over $17,000 for cancer research. A large check shows the total that will go to MD Anderson Cancer Research Center, the place where Jeb is being treated.
“I am pretty stubborn and not emotional. When the girls started raising money, that’s one of the few times that I really got choked up,” Jeb said.
He plans to bring the $17,000 raised to MD Anderson at his next appointment in the next few months.