Northeast Guilford Students Rally Behind Breast Cancer Patient

6:10 PM, Oct 18, 2012   |    comments
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Guilford County, N.C. -- Fighting cancer takes a toll on anyone who has to fight it.

"Sometimes you want to give up and throw in the towel. But, you know that you have to go on," Eliza McClinton said.

McClinton is battling breast cancer for the third time. Her husband's encouragement and her faith keep her going.

"I believe in praying and I believe in God," McClinton said.

Now, a few hundred teenagers want to give her one more reason to hope.

"The bills have been piling up and piling up. I can't afford to even pay much of them. The bill collector has been calling," McClinton said.

Students at Northeast Guilford High School know they can't cure cancer. However, they can help McClinton. Students are selling t-shirts, cookbooks, bracelets and more to raise money to help pay her medical bills.

"I love being involved in something like this. I think it brings people together. It gives us all something we can rally behind," student Jalen Courts said.

McClinton will be the honorary captain at Friday night's football game. The goal is to have everyone wear pink as a sign of support.

"There is a lot of talk going around school about people coming to the game. A lot of people want to show their support for someone they don't even know," student body president Austin Elmore said.

Senior Jessi Sykes added, "Being able to raise so much money for one person, I can't even imagine how much that's helping her. A lot of us have family members that have dealt with this."

McClinton is overwhelmed by the show of support. "It was a shock to know that young people care...people that we don't even know," she said. "I'm excited."

McClinton is getting chemo treatments right now. Doctors are optimistic about her beating cancer.

This has become a tradition for Northeast Guilford. Last year, students sponsored a woman named Renee Day. She's now cancer free.

The game is at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Northeast Guilford High School.

WFMY News 2

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