Students jumping for Carson


Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - Jason Thomason
Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

MURRAY, Ky. - With every count of a jumping jack, 13 year-old Carson Chapman finds another reason to believe in positive thinking.

"The first thing that goes through your mind is, am I going to live," said Chapman.

Last summer doctors diagnosed him with leukemia. He noticed symptoms during a basketball game.

"Could not catch my breath at all. Just no energy. My heart rate was pounding," Chapman said. Nine months and dozens of chemo treatments later, Carson is now in remission and several Calloway County students are jumping for joy.

"This is our way of saying hey, we're involved in something that is bigger than us," said Ed Chapman.

Ed is Carson's dad. He teaches at Laker Pride and the idea of jumping for Carson came from Kathy Adams. She's not only Chapman's co-worker, but Carson's lead cheerleader. "What she wanted to do was to teach our kids about how to tackle something that seems too big," he said.

Students plan to complete 500,000 jumping jacks by the end of May.