BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Beauvoir Elementary School in Biloxi has its own little mini TV station. During one of their tapings of a story about a "missing Leprechaun," a 6-year-old surprised everyone with a special announcement of his own.
Teacher Leslie Hunt wrote to WLOX News, "I want to tell you about a little boy in my first grade class. He says he wants to raise $500 for his friend who has cancer. Now, he's asking everyone to help him."
Carter Wells is asking everyone at school to fill lots of jars with loose change for his friend Lexi. The two became buddies in gymnastics school. But when Lexi was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, she was too sick to tumble. Carter missed his friend and worried about her a lot.
"I don't want her to die, cause she's only 7-years-old and she's one of my friends," Carter said.
During a school lesson at Beauvoir, he shocked his P.E. teacher, Coach Capers, with a surprising announcement.
"'Coach Capers, I need to get 500 bucks for someone who has cancer.' Oh, okay," Capers said. "As he was talking, you could kind of tell that he had something else on his mind and he came out with that. And when you hear a 6-year-old say that, you know you've got to get involved."
So all his teachers got involved, especially Leslie Hunt. She embraced Carter's wonderful idea and helped him produce a commercial to air in their school newscasts.
"I am collecting 500 bucks, it is not easy to collect 500 bucks, please bring in loose change thanks," Carter told his classmates in the commercial.
He knows that Lexi's treatments are very expensive and wants to make sure she can afford it.
"So she can buy the kind of medicine that she needs to take, to help her get better," Carter said.
What a big heart, in such a little body.
"To be his age and understand, and have that compassion for another human life speaks a lot for his parents, I think," Capers said.
Carter's parents, Kari & Andrew Wells, put the spotlight right back on their son. "It just goes to show that no matter your age, if you're really passionate about something, you can do whatever it is you want."
"Please bring in loose change to help Lexi. Every penny makes a difference. Thank you," Carter said.
Carter's hard work has paid off. His mother tells WLOX News that he's already exceeded his goal by raising $530. He now wants to raise $1,000.
If you'd like to donate, an account has been set up in Lexi Moore's name at any Hancock Bank. You can also keep up with her progress on the cancer support website CaringBridge.org. Click here to visit her page with pictures and journal entries. You can even write a note of encouragement.