Mohawks For Mitchell At Casey Middle School

May 30, 2012 Updated May 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM EDT

By WKBW News

May 30, 2012 Updated May 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM EDT

Amherst, N.Y. (WKBW) - Teachers and students participated in "Mohawks for Mitchell" at Casey Middle School Wednesday. The event was held to offer special haircuts for everyone involved.

"To know Mitchell is to love Mitchell," teacher Tom Brill said.

Mitchell Simon that is.

Simon is a fifth grade boy who has been suffering from a disease that affected his liver since birth. Recently, he started having serious problems

"In December he started having complications. He was hospitalized and placed on the transplant list. We got a call in April and because of another child's liver, the miracle for Mitchell has happened," mother Denise Simon said.

It was that organ donation that saved Mitchell's life.

Casey Middle School raised thousands of dollars for the Simon family and had a fun doing it.

"If you love a child, that's a call to action. The grand total was over $3,300," Brill said.

Mitchell was a man of few words, but he said he truly appreciates the support.

"I was pretty excited and thought it was pretty cool," Simon said.

The family agrees.

"This whole thing has been so humbling to know that his school, our church, his sports community, has been so supportive," Denise Simon said.

Mitchell's father Jason has one more plea to the public to help and save other children like Mitchell.

"It's important that everybody consider organ donation. April 17th it looked grim. Now, five and a half weeks later he's great," Jason Simon said.

Mitchell will be heading back to school on Monday to be greeted by all his friends, teachers and plenty of "mohawks" in his honor.