Middle school students raising money for custodian battling cancer

CREATED May 16, 2014

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GREENFIELD - It doesn't take long to see how much Whitnall Middle School students in Greenfield love their janitor, Joe Lassiter.

"Joe's such a great help and everyone in the school loves him and we just want to see him get better," said 8th grader Johnny Klar.
Last fall, Lassiter was diagnosed with stage 3 prostate cancer.
"I have cried here more than I have cried in my whole life because of the support," Lassiter said.
He started treatment in October, and came back to quite a surprise.
"These kids made this collage helping hands for a helping man," Lassiter said.
The kids and staff didn't want to stop there.  
"He's going through a lot and for him to keep that smile on his face and care about the kids as much as he does, it's exciting," said Instructional Technology Leader, Kathryn Kaiser.
For the past 8 years, the school has hosted a walk-a-thon to benefit different non-profits.
"This year it's a little closer to home," Kaiser said.
The funds this year will go to the Cancer Treatment Center of America, where Lassiter gets his treatments.
"To have kids come out of their box to give me support, a custodian," Lassiter said.
Lassiter explains every day he feels better and better, and it's all thanks to the school.
"To have the school and the staff love and support.  It's hard to describe," Lassiter said.
Their goal is to raise $5,000.  The walk-a-thon will take place on May 30th.