GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Parker Frame is a shining example of what friendship is all about. He's a fifth grader at Westminster Academy who just found out his friend needs brain surgery.
"First time I heard of it, I was like, 'I gotta help him,'" Parker remembered.
Parker met Monty "Deuce" Noblitt on the ballfield four years ago, playing little league. A few days ago, he found out Monty had been diagnosed with a neurological brain condition, and needed surgery.
"It was really hard to understand because, I mean, he is like amazing. He's amazing!"
Parker knew he wanted to help his friend, so he got an idea and pitched it to his principal, Dr. Chris Amos.
"He was like, 'Alright, Dr. Amos, you gotta listen to this.' He sat me down and told me what was going on and you can't say no to Parker," Dr. Amos said.
The idea was a home-run. On Monday, Parker made flyers spreading the word that Thursday would be "Wear Blue for Monty Day." Anyone who donated $5 or more would get a free dress day.
"The kids all wore blue. It's interesting they all came together because he's a friend of Parker's. So, you know, our motto is, if you're a friend of Parker's you're a friend of ours."
Monty and his mother were on hand for a brief assembly where the students shared their well-wishes before he flies to Phoenix for surgery.
"We have been totally overwhelmed by the support of the entire Gulf Coast community," Monty's mom, Kathryn Noblitt said. "I knew we lived in a great place, but now it's been shown to us personally, and we are so thankful."
Students raised about $700 to help fly Monty to Phoenix, Arizona for his surgery. Monty was grateful for the help, and he says he's looking forward to the trip.
"I'm just excited to go on a plane ride," Monty said.
"We're going to be praying for him. And we're excited that he's going to get the treatment that he needed and he's going to have a quick recovery," Dr. Amos said.
Monty's mom tells us he was diagnosed with Cavernous Malformation after doctors noticed a lesion on his brain. The surgery in Phoenix should cure him.
There's another fundraiser for Monty this Saturday at the Biloxi Sportsplex across from e-fitness. It's a fish fry and shrimp boil from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Plates are $6 each.