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Classmates create cards to support students burned in explosion

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A relative said this Saturday, doctors hope to wake Tyler Myers up from his induced coma.   They plan to remove the ventilator to see if the 12-year-old boy can breathe on his own. Meanwhile, Tyler's sister Katelyn, 8, had to be given blood Thursday.

Both children remain in critical condition at a burn center in Augusta, Georgia, after they were injured in an explosion at their Harrison County home this past Saturday. On Thursday, Katelyn's classmates wanted to do something special to let her know that she is in their hearts and prayers.

"Katelyn, you are very smart and funny," Braden Taylor read from a card he made.

Their words tug at your heart.

"We miss you so much. Get well soon, from your BFF Cameran," Cameran Savner read from her card.

Their sadness can bring tears to your eyes.

"We had lots of good times together and sometimes, I just get lonely and I want somebody like her to hang out with," said Angelle Mitchell.

The students are Katelyn Myers' third grade classmates at Quarles Elementary. They have been dealing with their own agony, knowing that Katelyn is in Georgia, suffering from burns over 85-percent of her body. Her friends want Katelyn to know they have not forgotten her.

"Decorate and make her some nice pictures that will make her smile," their teacher told the class Thursday.

Some students are making get-well cards and letters filled with well wishes.

"I think she's going through a lot of pain and stuff like that," said Braden. "I think it'll make her feel happy and joyful and help her get well soon."

Others are creating poems and pictures and sending their support and prayers.

"I'm praying for you day and night and your brother, too. I love you a lot. Get better soon. Don't worry, be happy," Angelle read from her card.

"I know that whenever she gets it, her feelings are going to go from sad to happy. And her parents, that they're going to be happy with it too, because they need lots of prayers and all that stuff," Angelle added.

Katelyn's absence has left a huge void in the classroom.

"I miss her. I do. I greatly miss her," said Katelyn's teacher Kim Strebeck, with tears in her eyes. "She's a very sweet, loving child, and it's hard coming in each day and seeing that empty desk."

Putting their pain on paper brings the children a bit of comfort and hope that Katelyn will recover and come back to class.

"She's so nice and kind and lovable. I just miss her so much," said Cameran Savner.

When asked how much, Cameran replied with a smile, "Kazillion, bazillion times."

Other students at Quarles are also writing letters to Katelyn, and those letters will be delivered to the Myers family before Christmas. Quarles is collecting donations and planning other fund raisers to help the family with expenses. The school has collected more than $300 so far.

Long Beach Middle School will be hosting a "BBQ and Bows" fundraiser on December 8, where people can drop off gifts to be wrapped and purchase barbecue plates. The event runs from noon-2 PM. Tyler Myers is a seventh grader at the middle school.

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