GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport High School student may be fighting for his life, but he's not fighting alone.
Ninth grader Donny Faerber was given life changing news in December; news that no one wants to hear - he was diagnosed leukemia.
"It just broke my heart, I mean, I couldn't imagine going through what he's going through," said classmate, Maison Larmore.
Trips to Mobile for treatments began immediately. According to Faerber's classmates, it didn't take long for support to begin organizing. The word quickly spread beyond the students at the school.
After coaching Faerber on the football field throughout the fall, Micky D'Angelo says it was easy to see Donny's upstanding character.
"Seeing what he's going through is really kind of motivating us to work a little bit harder," said D'angelo.
Many of Faerber's classmates have come forward to gather support.
"I think everyone feels the same way, and just wants to do everything they can," said Larmore.
Within the month since Donny's diagnosis, a support page on Facebook and a Gofundme account were created. Students say the support is what being a Gulfport Admiral is all about; tenacity and the desire to overcome.
"And you see this in all aspects of this situation. I mean, you see it in Donny himself with his strength and courage," said student body president, Julia Grant.
The courage is something that William and Emily Robinson have witnessed first hand as their family has helped Faerber fight this battle.
"Through everything, I was just like, 'Are you scared,' and he said no. He said everything's going to be OK," said Emily.
Faerber's classmates say they're trying everything in their power to make sure everything will in fact be OK for Faerber. William and his sister helped create T-shirts and bracelets to sell and before that, they accepted donations.
"The school raised money over a period of two days, a little over $1,300," said William.
That's the kind of support the Gulfport Admirals have come to expect from one another.
"If one Admiral's going through something, we're all going through something and we're going to do whatever it takes to knock it down," said Grant.
Larmore has led the students in organizing a dodgeball tournament to benefit Donny Sunday. The tournament will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gulfport around 4 p.m..