Students raising funds for cancer patient

Some local children are stepping up to support one of their own.

James Torraville is a well known name in Prince George for his past two bouts of cancer.

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But he is known best of all at Ecole Heather Park Elementary School where he is now involved in his third occurrence of the disease, all before he is done Grade 4.

The children at Heart To Hart, the school's in-house preschool and after-school programs, knew they had some money saved up for their own socializing.

When word got around that Torraville was once again at B.C. Children's Hospital, the kids opted to donate it to his family, but they didn't stop there. Money was raised among the families in the program, and then they went to the P.G. Recycling & Return-It Centre and set up a Heart To Hart account into which the public can donate their bottle money.

All of it is going to their young friend.

"He's just an amazing little boy and every time I see him in the hallway, he pumps the brakes to make sure I know he sees me, he gives me a wave and a smile and sometimes I even get a hug. This is just heartbreaking that this is round three for him," said Jenna Weldon, one of the supervisors at Heart To Hart.

"The ball started rolling, and it's getting bigger than we thought."

For those who want to help in a direct donation way, a GoFundMe page is also in place.

"James is a Grade 4 student at Heather Park Elementary in Prince George, B.C.," reads the GoFundMe introduction.

"James is battling cancer for the third time in his short life. He is currently at Children's Hospital in Vancouver and has been since December 2018 receiving cancer treatment. The expenses of James's battle are overwhelming for his family."

His schoolmates have also been selling wrist bands to raise additional money.

The GoFundMe campaign can be found online at: https://www.gofundme.com/fundraising-for-a-friend-james-torraville

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