by Colin McEwen
Stow -- The students at Lakeview Intermediate School are pulling together to help one of their own.
Katherine McVey, a sixth-grader at the Graham Road school, is suffering from a brain stem glioma -- an inoperable brain tumor.
She is undergoing new treatment in Chicago, after chemotherapy at other hospitals proved unsuccessful, said her mother, Paula.
To help their fellow classmate and her parents, the students are selling cookbooks for $10 each. The proceeds from the cookbooks, with recipes provided by Lakeview staff members, will help raise money for Katherine's treatment, said Principal Kim Lockhart.
"She is an inspiration to all of us," he said. "Through experiences that everyone goes through at Lakeview, we all learn from them."
Lockhart said Katherine has missed classes because of the disease, but she attends school when she feels well enough.
"She tries the best she can," he said. "She is a trooper. [Katherine] is an inspiration to all of us. She's got concerns, but she's always trying to see how she can help others."
Katherine says she feels blessed to have such kind-hearted people in her life, including her 9-year-old brother, Ian.
"They've treated me like a princess," she said of her classmates and family.
Paula said the school's help came as a welcome surprise to her, too.
"The people in the city of Stow have helped us out so much," she said. "The support from everyone has been overwhelming."
Katherine's father, Wayne, echoed his wife's sentiments.
"Everybody has been so wonderful to us," he said.
Paula said Katherine is excited to return to school.
"The school is going above and beyond to help her," said Paula of her daughter's relationship to her classmates.
Lockhart said students in the school's classes are competing with each other to sell more cookbooks. The class that sells the most cookbooks will receive an item from the cookbook prepared for them in class by teachers Terri Earnest and Therese Tilton.
Paula said the process of going between hospitals has been frustrating, but added that support from the community has been a big help.
"When we moved to Stow, we never could have expected the response we've received from people," she said.
The deadline for cookbook orders is Feb. 7.
Cookbooks can be ordered at Lakeview Intermediate, located at 1819 Graham Road.