Girl With Cancer Teaches Others Lessons About Giving Back

- Students at a Fairport middle school are making efforts to support a high school student battling cancer. 

Mike Metzler is the father of a rockstar. That is how some Martha Brown Middle schoolers think of his daughter Hannah. 

"We really do feel your love and support every day. It's just sometimes she can't say thanks so I am here to say thanks on her behalf," he told the students.

The 17-year-old has struggled with brain cancer for the last year. Just four year ago she walked the halls at Martha Brown. Now students here are donating more than $5,000 to her. 

"As she continues to decline physically, life is getting tougher each and every day. As that happens, this kind of communal support really helps," Metzler said.

The kids look up to Hannah.

"I was on the field hockey team and she was our manager. We were going through slide shows and saw her pinney and thought wow that is amazing. I want to be just like her," Maggie Phipps, a student said.

"It would be neat to know someone that I could help and be kind and considerate," said Reed Mooney, a student.

"Amazing. She is like so inspirational; she's just amazing," said Carly Payne, a student.

Her father understands why.

"She is a good kids and that is the kind of example she has always set," Metzler said.

Hannah is not keep those checks. She is giving them to the Golisano Children's Hospital.

"It truly is inspirational that even as ill as she is, she can't stop giving back," said David Dunn, principal at Martha Brown Middle School .

Her dad says it is not about her. It is about crushing cancer, and her fans will continue to cheer her on.

"I wish you the best and I know that you are strong and I want to be just like you and you are an inspiration to everyone around us," Phipps.

The money was raised from the school's Fright Fest and from bracelets sold by a pair of students.

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