Preschoolers raise over $10,000 for classmate battling cancer

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REDDING, Calif. (KAKE) -

Preschoolers in in northern California have raised over $10,000 from a hot cocoa stand for one of their classmates who is battling brain cancer.

KRCR reports 4-year-old Jasper Mazzocco has been in the hospital since November, after doctors discovered he had a brain tumor the size of a tennis ball.

Jasper is undergoing chemo and has been out of school for two months. The ABC affiliate in Redding says Jasper is close with the other kids at his school and their families.

According to a GoFundMe page, an oncologist says Jasper has a small round blue cell tumor, categorized as a PNET, which is further subcategorized into a CNS neuroblastoma meaning it has traveled to other parts of the brain and his spine but is not in his bone marrow or spinal fluid.

The boy's mom said earlier this week that the tumor is smaller and less vascular.

His classmates recently organized a hot cocoa fundraiser for him and his family. Hundreds of people showed up, and the event raised over $10,000. 

Jasper's preschool teacher thanked Trader Joes and Dick's Sporting Goods for letting them use that space along with employees from Starbucks who helped run the stand and donated supplies.

(Jasper in the hospital at UC Davis (Photos courtesy of Becky Haskins)

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