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SEAFORD, Del. – Two Seaford Middle School students battling leukemia, got to celebrate a rite of passage Monday, with their fellow classmates. After not being able to attend any events at school since February, 8th graders Cole Willey and James Knisley got to be with their friends once again as they celebrated their bridge ceremony. The ceremony symbolizes the process of crossing over from middle school to high school. Both Willey and Knisley’s parents say they’re extremely proud to see their boys cross the bridge, and that they couldn’t have done any of this without the support of their loved ones and the community.

“It’s really cool because we’re getting a big welcome home even though we’re going through stuff,” said Willey.

“I think it’s pretty cool because we have been going through a lot with chemo and they let us come out and walk across the bridge to get to the high school,” said Knisley.

“I don’t know that this would be as easy to go through if it wasn’t for our friends, or family and the rest of the community,” said Cole’s mom Laralyn Willey.

Both parents tell 47, that if there’s no delay in the boys’ treatments, they’re expected to go back to school and attend their freshman year at Seaford Senior High School by January of 2020.