School in Guilford Co. creates awesome Katy Perry music video for student battling leukemia

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BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. -- Students at Brown Summit Middle School are going above and beyond to lift the spirits of a classmate.

They have created a special video filled with dancing and cheering for sixth grader Lilli Hicks. (Watch the full YouTube video at the bottom of the story.)

Hicks has been out of school since she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in December.

"It's just a natural thing here. It's what we do. If we can help anyone anyway we can, we do,” said Jessica Runtz, one of Lilli’s teachers who helped come up with the idea.

Teachers, staff, and the about 240 students at the school brought the video to life. They used posters with the phrase “Lilli Strong” written on them, and danced and cheered throughout different areas of the school.

"It's amazing that the whole school knows me because I probably only know half the people in the school,” Lilli Hicks said.

“I feel like even though I never met most of those students and only know a handful of people in that school, they have blessed us as a family,” Travis Hicks, Lilli’s father, said.

The video was put to one of Lilli’s favorite songs — “Firework” by Katy Perry. At the end of the video, the students changed the lyrics to leave her with a special message.

"It just helped me to see them all rooting for me,” Lilli said.

Brown Summit Middle School has been helping the family with medical expenses through fundraisers.

Five Below and Brixx Pizza in Greensboro have also participated in fundraisers on behalf of the family.