They ended up raising more than $2,700 during the month of January.

Students at Alfred G. Waters Middle School got to fight Spinal Muscular Atrophy their own way Jan. 31.

The middle school students and their families filled the gymnasium for the dodgeball competition, the final part of a month long fundraising event.

The month long fundraising event was organized by the National Junior Honor Society in memory of their friend and classmate Brandon Stewart who passed away from SMA last summer.

They ended up raising more than $2,700 during the month of January.

Brandon, who was an 8th grader at the school, suffered from SMA, which causes the muscles to weaken and waste away.

Teams of six competed against each other Thursday night in front of a packed gymnasium in the dodgeball match, which cost $2 for parents to watch and $10 per team, all of which went towards the fundraiser.

The NJHS, with teacher Amy Brown, has planned a month of awareness-building and fundraising activities that will support research for a cure, said Appoquinimink spokeswoman Lilian Miles.

All of the proceeds from that night, including snack sales, benefited SMA.

Other fundraising events included selling t-shirts and a night at Jake's Wayback Burgers of Middletown, where a percent of the night's proceeds went towards the cause.