ASHEBORO, NC -- Students at North Asheboro Middle School have raised more than $2,000 dollars for Josh Craven, an Iraq War veteran who lost his left leg to an explosion in August of 2010.
Craven's right leg is intact, but paralyzed below the knee.
Because his ability to run is severely limited, Craven got into hand biking.
He uses a three-wheeled cycle operated by his hands to compete in marathons and other events.
Up until Thursday, Craven had been borrowing his hand bike from a charity. Now, with this money, it's all his.
Eight grader Sabrina Perez led the fundraising efforts, calling churches and community members and telling Craven's story.
"He went to war for us so we wanted to care for him just like he cares for us," Perez, 14, said.
Craven and his wife Holly are thankful.
"$2000! That is amazing. All for him to be able to complete something that is his passion," Holly Craven said.
"I didn't come home expecting all of this but it definitely means a lot. And it helps me get back on my feet," Josh Craven said.