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'All the work, it's so worth it,' Jenison students turn homecoming into Make-A-Wish fundraiser

"It's crazy. I can't even describe it," Brody Herst told 13 ON YOUR SIDE.

JENISON, Mich. - Homecoming is this week for a number of West Michigan schools, but one Ottawa County school turned the week of celebrating into one of fundraising.

Jenison High School has teamed up with Make-A-Wish to raise $15,000 so other local kids can get their wishes granted.

"There’s no better way to go out of high school. As much as we love the traditional activities this just makes it more meaningful," Jenison senior, Elizabeth Tower, said.

On Thursday afternoon the high school held a traditional pep rally but with an untraditional twist. Four Make-A-Wish kids were a part of the homecoming court. Izzy, Kai, Sam and Brody sat overlooking the entire Jenison school alongside royalty.

"It's crazy. I can't even describe it," Brody Herst told 13 ON YOUR SIDE.

It wasn't too long ago the 10-year-old was battling. At age three, Brody had to get both of his kidneys removed.

"We started dialysis for a couple of months and he got his kidney transplant in May of 2012," Lori Herbst, Brody's mom said.

A couple of years later, the then five-year-old got his wish fulfilled. He attended the Jedi Training Academy in Florida.

"I like that they never use the force for hurting people, they use it for protecting mostly and helping people," Brody said.

Helping people, that's exactly why Brody is here. With the help of him and his other Make A Wish friends, Jenison High School is working to raise money to make other wishes come true.

Brody and the other Make-A-Wish ambassadors were a part of the homecoming court and got the opportunity to ride and walk along a parade float themed by their wish.

"Working with the Make-A-Wish team and kids really allows us to put everything in perspective, think about things outside of ourselves, outside of school," senior, Emma Byerwalter, said. "I think it's really important that students get to experience something like this."

"I just like to say thank you for making all this and all my wishes come true," Brody added.

Jenison students hope to raise the money mid October. You can always help by donating online.

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