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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 12:36am
El Paso, Texas (KDBC) — There's a lot more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic being taught inside the walls of Montwood High School. Life lessons are also being learned.
Five girls at the school didn't really know their custodian Isaias Nava until just lately, but now he's a man they'll never forget.
Nava's wife Patricia has cancer. It's spread to her brain and just yesterday she learned it's terminal.
"There's little hope left. In fact, I just pray to God because he's the only one who can give me hope for her to get better," he explained.
Enter the five young ladies. All are members of the National Honor Society. They were looking for a senior project, and decided they wanted to raise money to help Nava and his wife.
But no one expected what happened next.
"I knew their project was going to be big, but this big was a shocker to me. I'm just speechless," said their advisor Margharita Trujillo.
The girls held a bowling tournament and silent auction raking in more than $4,000. Money they gave to Nava today during a special assembly.
"We kept the amount secret from him, because we wanted to see his reaction and it'll all be worth it once we see how happy he is," said Catalina Delapene, one of the students.
And happy he was.
"He was grateful and thankful. He said there was no way he could repay us," said Paige Pelletier, one of the students.
"What they did is genuine and beautiful. I wish them the best," said Nava.
Nava plans to use the money to hire a nurse to help take care of his wife in their own home.
For the girls, it was a project worth much more than just an "A." One making a huge impact in this man's life at the moment he needed it most.