Tissue boxes with 8-year-old's design selling out

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An 8-year-old boy battling cancer gets to showcase his art to a big audience.

Obi Christenson of La Crescent, Minnesota, came in fourth place in White Cloud’s national tissue box design contest with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Obi’s design as well as the first, second and third place winner’s designs are on White Cloud facial tissue boxes at Wal Mart stores.

“Excited,” said Obi.

The La Crosse Wal Mart said it’s sold out of boxes featuring obi’s design.

The Eau Claire Wal Mart said it still has some in stock.

His design features some of his favorite things about school.

“I picked the bus, cause I get to talk to all of my friends,” said Obi.

Obi also said his design includes recess, lunch and math.

“I choose math because I like adding up numbers,” said Obi.

Obi has neuroblastoma cancer, and was diagnosed when he was 7.

Neuroblastoma is a rare cancer that almost always affects children.

Tumors usually develop in the adrenal glands, which are on top of the kidneys, but it can develop or spread to other areas.

Program specialist Amanda Vandehey with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals said it’s exciting to have Obi representing the area.

“Always had great supporters throughout the whole contest so we did expect it to go over well, but it’s amazing to see how quickly they’ve sold out,” said Vandehey.

Vandehey said she thinks Obi’s success in the contest will inspire other kids.

Gundersen Health System, which is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, has a chance to earn an additional $15,000 from White Cloud if one of the community’s Wal Marts sells the most boxes.

The store selling the most boxes will get an in-store event with an appearance from Miss America 2014.