Brenham H.S. works on Lily Pad Project to help kids with cancer

Published: Sep. 13, 2016 at 2:34 PM CDT
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Cancer is a terrifying word for anyone, but it's especially heartbreaking when you see a child going through it.

Thanks to one class at Brenham High School, the youngest cancer patients will soon have a way to make their hospital stay more enjoyable. It's the "Lily Pad Project"

Inside Mark Thiel's classroom at Brenham High School, you'll find all the normal sights and sounds of wood shop.

However, what these students are working on is anything but ordinary.

Thiel says, "We said we can make this happen here and we did."

They're creating Lily Pads, designed to help children who are tethered to their medical equipment. You can think of them like skateboards attached to IV poles, so the children can ride on them, instead of having to walk and drag the pole around.

Thiel says, "Hopefully it adds fun to their day. That's our goal. With all of our hearts, we really went after this project."

They're making 80 of them for kids at Texas Children's and MD Anderson.

It's been a group effort from the beginning. Thiel's construction technology class does the wood-working part and art students paint them. Sherwin Williams donated the paint, Woodson Lumber gave class the wood, and Adams Angels is helping them too.

Kate Borroni with Woodson Lumber says, "Anything we can do to help out our community, anything to help someone dealing with a sickness or illness, we find paramount."

Junior Luis Juarez says, "I've never done nothing like this before."

That is exactly why Thiel decided to get his class involved in the nationwide Lily Pad Project.

"That was my thought process from the very beginning. My kids need to learn how to give back and that's something that needs to be taught to them at a young age. A lot of them have never had the opportunity to give back and know what that great feeling feels like. "

It's safe to say the lesson was learned.

Senior Alex Wester says, "It makes me feel proud that we can help someone who can't help themselves and give back to our community."

When we asked if they would keep that spirit of generosity going even after they leave the classroom, they were quick to answer.

Junior Weldon Patterson told us, "Given the opportunity I certainly will."

They are taking a class trip to the hospitals sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas to hand deliver the Lily Pads.

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