HAVELOCK — A Havelock High School band student who overcame cancer is fighting through a medical crisis once again after suffering serious burns when a boat motor exploded.

On Aug. 30, 19-year-old A.J. Frazier and his father, Art were working on a boat motor when it exploded. Both suffered significant burns to the arms, legs, and face and were airlifted to the UNC Burn Unit in Chapel Hill.

At press time, A.J. and his father were both in critical condition and were expected to remain at the Burn Unit for at least three months. Their recovery process is expected to include surgeries, skin grafts, and physical therapy.

For A.J., the incident marks the second time the young man has faced a potentially life threatening struggle. In 2015, he was diagnosed with cancer and underwent nine months of chemotherapy. The senior trombone player and member of the Havelock High School Marching Rams recently celebrated one year cancer free.

The Marching Rams band has rallied around A.J., including participating in fundraising to help his family. Students wrote TB4 on their faces at a recent home football game, signifying A.J.’s drill position (trombone 4) in this year's Marching Show.

Students have also designed a t-shirt, ordered support bracelets ordered and recorded video greetings.

Havelock High School Band Director Jorge Benitez praised A.J. for his fighting spirit.

"A.J. Frazier is one of the toughest students I have ever taught. He bounced back from his diagnosis of cancer to come back stronger than ever as a musician and friend to many more students than his freshmen year. Our marching band has created a warm caring environment and has taken raising money for his family as a priority. If there is anyone who can make it through this horrible accident it is A.J.,” said Benitez.A YouCaring crowdfunding campaign has also been set up to help raise money for A.J. and his family.The campaign has already raised over $7,000. Anyone who would like to donate can visit the YouCaring website at www.youcaring.com/artfrazierajfrazier-930011.

Additionally, according to their Facebook page local Havelock business Gary's Garage will host a carwash fundraiser for the Frazier family within the next several weeks, with volunteers from Havelock High School helping out.

Owner Gary Griffin wrote a heartfelt Facebook message asking community member to show their support for the Fraziers.

“This family represents what good people are here in our town, they represent what good people there still are in this world,” Griffin wrote.

A.J.'s sister-in-law, Allison Lee, also posted a ‘thank you’ to Havelock High School students and staff for their support.

“It's been almost 10 years since I've been in band/colorguard. I almost forgot how wonderful, supportive, and loyal those friendships are. Thank you so much Havelock High School Marching Rams for being warriors for A.J.and providing my family a shoulder to lean on.”