Middle school supports student before cancer surgery

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FILER, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) -- On Wednesday night in Filer, Idaho there was a middle school football game. But this time, something was different.

Scattered among the Robert Stuart green and the Filer red is splashes of another color in honor of seventh grader Mia Trease.

"Her color of cancer is yellow and so they're having, like a yellow night before her big surgery," said Mia's cousin, Lexi Beard.

Trease hasn't attended many classes at Filer Middle School this year because of her battle with cancer, and Thursday she will have one of her legs amputated because of the disease.

"I think it's really hard for her," Beard said.

But Trease's school certainly hasn't forgotten about her.

"The school's been really supportive," Beard said.

Beard said they even moved up the school dance so Trease could attend.

"It was supposed to be Friday on our homecoming night," she said, "but they moved it to today before her surgery so she could come and watch and see everyone in yellow to support her."

The school has put together many fundraisers in Trease's name.

"We had a softball tournament, dinners, a lot of volleyball games, football games," said one of Trease's friends, Ellie Ray.

The students said it wasn't a surprise when students took the suggestion to wear yellow pretty seriously.

They said they want her to know, Filer has her back.

"I know she's going to get through this," Ray said. "That she's stronger than this and she doesn't have to fight this alone and everyone's here for her."

And they wanted her to remember she's "stronger than this."

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