Elementary student collecting money to help teacher

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Battling cancer is a tough fight and it can be very expensive. Fortunately, a local little boy with a big heart is raising money to help ease his teacher's financial burden.

Paxton Atwood is seven-year-old student at Shoemaker Elementary School in Grand Island. He is collecting money to help his teacher who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

His fundraising idea all started with a golden toilet that was placed in his family's front yard as a fundraiser for Relay for Life.

Paxton's mother, Tracy Atwood, said the family donated $20 to have the toilet removed and delivered to the school, because Paxton wanted to help raise money for his teacher.

Paxton received an Angel Award for his good deed on Wednesday morning.

The school just started the fundraiser and is accepting at will donations.

Paxton's mother said her heart is so full to see her son want to help his teacher.

"You can change so many lives and have such an impact on people in today's society," Atwood said. "I think we kind of get wrapped into ourselves and something so simple such as a seven-year-olds wish to make a golden toilet relocate to his school to do a fundraiser for his teacher is just amazing."

The mother adds everyone is encouraged to stop by the school to make a donation and whatever you can give will make a difference.

They will be collecting money until after school Friday.