High school senior displays volunteer spirit during final school project

"My uncle came to me and said hey, I want you to climb this mountain with me," Christopher Patti told his class how the plan to hike MT. Ranier in Washington State all began.

It happened last June. And he did it with a friend in mind.

Patti says, "I just felt it was the right thing to do and it goes along with the christian background I was raised in to love your brother and love our neighbor."

"Chris is a great friend who saw me and just felt the need to help me before he even knew it was me," Parker Smith wrote on his ipad. (Because they were friends when they were little and hadn't seen Parker in a long time.)

Christopher raised more than 3700 dollars through the internet and by selling t-shirts to help pay for Parker smith's therapy - when insurance didn't pick up the tab.

Parker's mother, Gina Smith says, "It helped out financially, but it helped Parker and me to see the value in friendship."

Christopher says, "Anything that will bring him back to striving to be that baseball player or violinist will be wonderful."

Parker has been battling Wilson's disease for three years. Because his body doesn't process copper like it should, he needs a wheelchair and an ipad, to communicate.. and inspire.

"He wants to share the love that he feels from god with others so they will see that things that happen in our lives, they don't always matter.. as long as you have what's inside," Gina says.

Parker graduates with his senior class from Hardin Valley next week.


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