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Elementary Students Give Back to Cancer Patients

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Little things can sometimes make a big impact. That's why students at Custer Elementary were excited to make colorful keepsakes for chemotherapy patients at Sanford Hospital. Their teacher's husband was diagnosed with cancer last year. And after going to chemo with him, she decided everyone needed a pick me up

These kids have hearts of gold. Mrs. Nagel's fifth grade class spear headed the rock painting project for the entire school, making more than 500 rocks for chemo patients

This rock is special. It, and every other rock, is meant to give patients who go to the Infusion room a little pick me up.

"And I've heard that just from this morning when people came in , and see them there and just take one. There was a lady beside me a while ago, talking to somebody on the phone. And she was telling them about it and how cute they are. It just makes you feel better," says Steve Nagel, Sanford patient.

Nagel is one of those patients. His wife, Karen, came up with the idea after they found out he was diagnosed with cancer last April. Although he's at stage four, he's stable and is proud of the students for putting so much effort into the project.

"It makes me feel really good because I know I did a good job and I'm making people happy," says fifth grader Avery Hauff.

The fifth graders painted each rock and had some help with the fourth graders and kindergarteners. Every student understood that these are more than just painted rocks, they're symbols.

"I was kinda thinking that, they need to kinda help people pick themselves up," says fifth grader Ian Eilers. "Because when you're getting chemo, it's not that fun, and so you try to make helpful stuff on the rocks."

And their teacher is proud of them.

"They just took that right on and they are very serious about making it just right. They were serious about the messages when they had hope or love or we care," says fifth grade teacher Karen Nagel.

Sanford nurses and volunteers say they're proud to point out the rocks.

"Very sweet to know that there's people in the community that are thinking of our cancer patients. Not only big people, but little people too," says Trisha James, Sanford.

This project was such a hit, that Mrs. Nagel says the students want to make more rocks.

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