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By Ukee Washington

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — When faced with terminal illness, Lucy Belle Perkins embraced art. In her honor, thousands of students in our area are collecting supplies to help sick children.

Eighth graders at Bala Cynwyd Middle School are packing with a purpose.

Led by art teacher Beverly Rusoff, the students stuff bags full of crayons, sketchbooks, markers, and paint for children undergoing cancer treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“Heads up, this is gonna be like a production line. We have to get 200 bags packed for CHOP,” Beverly ordered.

It’s in honor of Lucy, a classmate who died from brain cancer last September.

“She was really talented artistically,” Vashni Nilon, Lucy’s mom, said. “Art was so important to her, and it helped her so much in treatment.”

When there were no treatment options left, Lucy Belle’s wish was to go back to school to do what she loved…

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