Students raise money for classmates with MS - KCTV5

Students raise money for classmates with MD

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

A group of students is doing something pretty amazing to help out two of their classmates.

Amandus Nikora is a seventh-grader at Lakewood Middle School in Overland Park, KS. He and his younger brother were diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in 2006. It's progressed to the point where both boys are now in wheelchairs.

The disease has presented daily challenges to the boys' parents, namely transportation and getting the boys in and out of the family van. Right now the family's using a portable ramp.

The boys' classmates watched their mother struggle with the ramp daily and decided to do something to help.

They've held all sorts of fundraisers over the last several months and, Friday afternoon at a large assembly packing the school's gymnasium, they presented the family with a check for $10,000, enough money to buy an electric lift for the family vehicle.

"From day one they're like, 'We're going to do something for you guys' and I'm like, 'no you guys, no you don't, no, no, no. I don't want to hear it. No. We got it.' And that was it," Linda Nikora, the boys' mother, said.

"It's a learning process, to allow people to help, and it took me awhile," their father, Dustin Nikora, said.

The other reason for Friday afternoon's assembly was for the school to recognize the students' efforts in helping out their classmates.

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