BEAUFORT, CARTERET COUNTY - A Carteret County school is banding together to help a student who's battling a blood disorder.
The National Junior Honor Society at Beaufort Middle School is all about doing service projects in the community. This year the group decided to do a project that helps one of their own.
Hannah Fulcher is an eighth-grader at the school, who loves playing volleyball and soccer.
Last November she was told something that would change her life forever. She was told she had leukemia.
"No parent wants their child sick even with a cold, but to have leukemia thrown at you, it was total devastation," Hannah's mother Christie Fulcher said.
"For a while we all thought she had leukemia and I'm like my best friend has cancer, I'm not going to make it through this," Hannah's close friend Miranda Green said.
But after weeks of testing at Duke, Hannah learned she had a blood disorder called lupus.
"It got to the point where I had to slide down the stairs every morning," Hannah explained.
She said it's been a tough four months, but Hannah said she won't let the disorder stop her from living her life.
Beaufort Middle School is getting behind their classmate by hosting a BBQ fundraiser to help pay for medical bills.
"We came together and kind of said we really need to do something to support Hannah because she's our own student," science teacher Bridgett Davis said.
Hannah and her family said they couldn't believe it.
"It makes you feel good because you feel you have someone behind you like pushing you saying hey, keep going," Hannah said.
"We've been so blessed by this community, just to be able to write that check and not worry and focus on Hannah," Hannah's mom said.
Although Hannah will forever carry the burden of this disease, she wants to find the cure.
"They don't have a cure and it's time for a cure, with as many people that have it," she said.
"I just hope she goes through life and doesn't care what other people think and she becomes the best person she can be," friend Miranda Green said.
The BBQ fundraiser, which is catered by Fat Fellas is at the school from 4 to 7:30 pm on Friday. The plates are $10 a person.