Lincoln North Star student receives a Magic Moment
A Lincoln high school student and his family were given quite a surprise on Monday.
Harley Kessler is a junior at Lincoln North Star High School.
Harley and his family have gone through a difficult few months.
It started out with leg pain and ended up as a diagnosis of Osteosarcoma, a rare form of cancer in the cells that form bones.
The 16 year old's determination and positive outlook hasn't gone unnoticed.
"I just think he is a really strong kid, he's a super positive kid. According to what his family says, he helps them get through this, and everyone wants to help him, but he's concerned with how everyone else is doing and does his best to get everyone else through this. I think that is pretty special," said Audrey Gossard, a neighbor of the Kessler family and the person who nominated Harley for the Magic Moment.
Harley has been undergoing chemo for his tumor, but it has since spread to his lungs.
The tumor in his left leg did not respond to treatment, leaving doctors with no choice but to amputate above the knee in order to save Harley's life.
With the news, his friends and classmates were more than happy to get involved to brighten up his day.
"The wrestling, the school, all of them, have become a family to him. I think it is uplifting to him to know there are people behind him and are still there for him through all of this," said Stephanie Dooley, Harley's mother.
Harley is a huge wrestling fan. As a part of his magic moment, he will get to be a guest coach for the UNL wrestling team at a match in the near future.
"I've got a great group of friends, they support me 100%. It's probably my friends helping me get through it," said Harley Kessler.
Harley's determination, positive outlook and perseverance is why Union Bank wanted to give him a magic moment.
"He's pretty freaking awesome... He's a straight A student who does nothing but strive to be the best that he can be at everything he does, and I think just seeing him here for him today shows who he is," said Dooley.
Harley is set for surgery Tuesday at noon.
He will need to continue his chemo treatments for the tumor in his lungs, which are shrinking.
He hopes to live a full and happy life.
There is a go fund me page set up for the Kessler family. If you would like to donate go to https://www.gofundme.com/harleys-journey.