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School supports student with rare disease

A Dougherty County student, fighting mitochondrial disease, is getting support from his school.

Third grader Curt Poer was 5 years old when he was diagnosed with the disease.

Lake Park Elementary has been working to educate students and raise awareness about the illness this week.

Thursday, students and teachers wore green to show their support.

"Curt was excited for today, everybody is wearing green. He thinks this is all for him, even though it's more about awareness. He just thinks he's real special that everybody does this for him," said Curt's Mother, Katherine Poer.

"We all are a family. And we understand that it's ok to be different. And our teachers teach them that. Mrs. Gleaton has done a wonderful job, as well as his other teachers in the past, of knowing that there are differences and we just embrace them," said Kenosha Coleman, the principal of Lake Park Elementary.

There's no cure for mitochondrial disease.

Curt has 8 doctors and he's currently part of a clinical drug trial.

For more information about the illness, click on the link below.

http://www.umdf.org/site/pp.aspx?c=8qKOJ0MvF7LUG&b=7929671

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