CHICAGO (CBS) — When teacher Dorothy Johnson Linner learned that one of her fifth grade students at McCleery Elementary School in Aurora had cancer, she said she knew she had to do something.

“I think this is what we are called to do as a community and as a people and I would encourage everyone to find some way to participate as best as they can,” said Linner.

Leonardo Cardenas was diagnosed with bone cancer in October and has been in and out of the hospital ever since. Linner says his classmates have rallied around him.

“Children today are a lot more aware than they used to be because they see everything on television so all of the students know he has cancer but most of these students know somebody else who has cancer,” said Linner.

The staff at McCleery Elementary School is holding a fundraiser on Dec. 3 to help pay for medical care for Cardenas and his family. It will be an all you can eat pizza party at Luigi’s Pizza in Aurora from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

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