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Oxford students host tree auction for young girl battling cancer

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OXFORD, CT (WFSB) -

An entire school in Connecticut is rallying behind a young girl with just one Christmas wish.

Students at Oxford High School have banded together for 12-year-old Chelsea Wheeler, who is currently hospitalized in Pittsburgh.

Her family said she recently underwent an organ transplant, which her body has rejected.

"She just got diagnosed with cancer so it has been rough for her the past few weeks,” said her brother, Nick Wheeler.

There is only one thing Chelsea wants for Christmas—to send another child to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which is a summer program for children with serious medical conditions, and is a place Chelsea has come to love. That’s where the 35 trees at Oxford High School come in.

All 35 threes are decked out in a unique theme and filled with goodies. Some are even valued at more than $200.

All of the trees will be auctioned off on Saturday.

"How amazing that this little girl is struggling and wants nothing for her, nothing for her family. She didn't want us to grant a wish for her. She wants to pay it forward and help somebody else. So, how can you not go out of your way to help this amazing girl,” said Jennie Batista.

As Chelsea pays it forward, students said she has inspired them to even do more.

"We all just joined together as one big school and we were like if we're going to do this, we're going to put our full effort into it and it showed,” said Oxford High School senior Savada Robinson.

The tickets for the auction cost $1 and can be purchased at the school through Saturday afternoon, just before the auction.

The funds raised from 25 of the 35 trees will go towards Chelsea’s Christmas wish. The booster club is hoping to raise at least $2,500.

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