Few kids are as happy to be in school as Mia Troquille. She spent the last year learning from home because in April of 2011 Mia found out she had cancer.
"Yeah, I was pretty sick," she said.
The now 5th grader had to face all of the things that come with cancer- doctors, needles and losing her hair.
"I did no like it, of course. I would cry. I would wake up in the morning, and I would have a big ball of hair on my pillow," said Troquille.
The Troquille family had to make trips to St. Jude's in Tennessee for treatments, and on one of those trips she happened to meet David Plotkin at the airport.
"I saw Mia and her mom, and I knew she was undergoing treatment because Mia had a mask over her face and she had no hair," said Plotkin.
Plotkin has a little boy named Max who also had childhood cancer, and he started the Max Cure Foundation to raise money for childhood cancer.
"There is no coincidence. I just truly believe that things happen for a reason," said Plotkin of his chance encounter with Mia.
He decided to expand the Max Cure Foundation from New York to Louisiana, and on Thursday he and Mia's entire school showed their support for her. Princeton Elementary and several other Bossier Parish schools kicked off a program called Dunk your Kicks, an effort to recycle old shoes to raise money. For each pair of tennis shoes the kids donate, the Max Cure Foundation will get a dollar to help families like Mia's.
All of the money raised in Louisiana through Dunk your Kicks will go to families in Louisiana. Right now there are 3 families in Bossier and Desoto Parishes, including Mia's, who will benefit.
Mia is now in remission, but she still has doctor's appointments every week. She faced cancer, and she beat it. Now, Mia's happy to be back in school, with her friends, coloring. Just where a kid should be.
The Max Cure Foundation also holds other events to raise money for research and they have raised more than $750,000 to date. For more information or to donate, click here.