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Port Arthur second grade student battling brain cancer

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The staff and students at Booker T. Washington elementary, in Port Arthur, are tipping their hats to a student diagnosed with brain cancer.

Desean Harmanson suffers from Medulloblastoma.

On Tuesday, the Port Arthur City Council ordered Wednesday to be "Hats on for Healing" day in honor of Harmanson.

Harmanson is in the second grade. He is currently receiving medical treatment at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.

"He's very strong-hearted and he cares about a lot of people," said his sister, Rishira Trahan.

Trahan also attends Booker T. Washington. She is in the 5th grade.

Trahan is helping raise awareness. The school is raising money to help with medical expenses.

"I'm happy because they're donating and my mom really needs it. She has to travel back and forth," she said.

Harmanson's symptoms began last month when he was having a hard time staying awake in class. Testing was done and the results sent a shock wave through the school.

"The children here are our children. So, when they come through our doors, we treat them just like they're ours," said Assistant Principal, Trenton Scott.

Trahan says she is planning a surprise party for Desean. His birthday is Thanksgiving Day. She's hoping he'll be able to come home from the hospital for the holidays.

If you would like to make a contribution for his medical treatments, you can do so at the Five Point Credit Unions in Port Arthur.

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