Small towns support their own.

For six years students from Jim Thorpe High School have led the effort to raise money to fight childhood cancer through a student of the year competition.

Many of them have a personal connection with former Jim Thorpe student Hunter Wolfe. The 12 year old passed away in 2011. The school's team is considered a legacy team with two top finishes in 2017 and 2019. They continue to raise money for the leukemia and lymphoma society.

"Their mission is to get rid of cancer entirely for the next generation and that's why Ella and I are here running today."

Co-candidate Ella Farnell wants to save lives. She, as well as many people in the community, fundraise in memory of Hunter Wolfe.

"We grew up together and at the age of 12 he was diagnosed and eventually lost hi battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. So we're doing it for him. Everyone is here for him and for everyone else whether we're honoring them or doing it in memory of them we're doing it for everyone."

"To have a goal of 50-thousand dollars is just incredible and through their grit, their effort their sharp skills, their art of persuasion. They're going to make it. I know they're gonna earn that money and maybe more."

The team represents hope and determination as they unite in the fight against childhood cancer. You can help in their fight by donating. You can find them on Facebook by searching "Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Team Jim Thorpe."