HS Students Give to NICU Infants

The story of cancer and survival inspired a group of high school students to reach out to those who cannot fend for themselves. These students wanted to help premature babies and give a little gift to families for additional expenses.  Megan Elizabeth was born two months early. Now one month old, this five pound girl is the center of attention for three high school students looking to give back.

(Brayden Thompson, BHS Student): "People out in the community are there for you, and they will support you.”

(Jennifer):  That is the message Thompson and his two classmates wanted to send to families. All three read Lance Armstrong`s biography with their class, which talked about his fight against cancer. Instead of taking a test, their teacher had them do projects and give back to the community. They chose to help families with infants in the NICU.

(Ciara Shock, BHS Student):  "Even though Lance had cancer, and it was like a hard time in his life. You hit obstacles in your life and you can overcome them. And that is what the babies and the moms are doing right now.”

(Sierra Heidt, BHS Student):  "It makes me feel really good that we could help them out because it probably is not cheap to stay in the NICU. Probably gets expensive.”

(Jennifer):  Megan`s mom says she is so grateful for their Walmart gift card. It will help purchase the formula her daughter needs.

(Alicia Kelly, Mother of NICU Infant):  "I think what they are doing is awesome because I never got the opportunity to do anything like that in high school. And it is not only bettering us, but it is bettering them, too. And I think that is a big thing for students, when they can learn to help others and learn to help themselves.

(Jennifer):  Students say they enjoyed meeting with families and giving back.

(Brayden):  "It is a great project. It opens your eyes and your heart, knowing that you`re making a difference.”

(Jennifer):  Both families received a $50 Walmart gift card. All three infants are progressing on schedule.

Reporter: Jennifer Joas