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A Chesterfield middle school raises money for student

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – The signs are going up and Friday afternoon the gymnasium at Tomahawk Creek Middle School will be filled with students and staff. They're taking a break from school to dribble for Drescher.

"Everyone knows Robbie. He's the funniest kid in his grade," said 7th grader Joeseph Gallagher. "I can't wait to see him tomorrow."

Even with words covering every inch of paper, signs can't compare to the excitement over Robbie Drescher's return.

"We want to just help him and make sure that he gets the treatment that he needs," Joeseph said.

Friday afternoon Tomahawk Creek Middle School is taking to the court.

"The students from our basketball team are going to play the faculty here," said Joeseph.

At $2 a pop, ticket sales will go to 8th grader Robbie Drescher.

"I'm really surprised that they're doing this for me," said Robbie. "So now I'm paralyzed from my chest down."

"He has a mass in his chest that erodes around his spinal cord," said his mother Sharon Drescher.

During a surgery in December the mass injured his spinal cord.

"I'm getting used to being in a wheelchair. It's not that hard. But I would still love to walk," Robbie said.

Aggressive and expensive physical therapy can get his legs moving, but between hospital and rehab costs and much needed changes to his home, Robbie's parents are now drowning in debt.

"As difficult as this journey has been, there have been many, many blessings. And this is one of them," Sharon said.

After three months, Robbie will be back in school ready to catch up with classmates- who he's now rooting for.

"I've got the students," said Robbie. ‘Beating the teachers by a landslide?'  "Yeah."

Students are hoping to raise hundreds of dollars with Friday's tournament. It's not open to the public, but if you'd like to donate you can contact Tomahawk Creek's PTA.  

Robbie Drescher's Personal Donation Account is being handled by his father who lives in New Jersey: 

Donations Can be sent to:
Robbie Drescher
Believe In Yourself Foundation
PO Box 713
Island Heights, NJ 08732
(732) 477-8730. 

or see www.carepages.org/carepages/RobbiesRecovery

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