UPDATE: Community Comes Together

By: Leslie Barrett, Erin Pulsanti Email
By: Leslie Barrett, Erin Pulsanti Email

UPDATE 04/09/2011 8:30pm

The Mineral Wells community and surrounding areas spent a portion of the rainy Saturday inside, raising money for a good cause.

The Mineral Wells Mustangs hosted a benefit Saturday raising money for Hailley Parsons and her family. Hailley has been battling an inoperable brain tumor, and in honor of her brave fight, one of her teachers has written a book about her. The book depicts Hailley's fight against cancer and was available for pre-order at Saturday's benefit.

One of the authors says she's glad she was able to tell the story and help the Parsons family.

"It means everything to me. I'm just glad I'm able to help. She's (Hailley) just a wonderful little girl and her family is awesome," says Gerri Field, Hailley's 3rd grade teacher. "You couldn't ask for a nicer family. And the community is so supportive. It's just a small community and we all pitched in everybody loves her so much."

Once the book is released it will be available nationwide.
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Raising money to find a cure for cancer has taken on a special meaning for one local elementary school.

For the past six months, 4th grader Hailley Parsons hasn't been able to be in school while undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.

Thursday she was able to come to an assembly and was welcomed with a standing ovation.

Her parents said the cancer is gone but she still has 8 more radiation treatments left at the OSU Medical Center in Columbus.
As students performed and read a special book that Parsons' third grade teacher wrote about Parsons overcoming the disease, this gracious 10- year-old wanted to make sure everyone knew their efforts have have not gone unnoticed.

"Thank you all for the cards that you sent me and stuff and everything. Thank you all," she said.

Raising money for research and services for cancer patients is not something new at this school. They have been hosting Relay For Life events for the last six years.

"Our students receive so much from giving to others rather than from receiving," said fourth grade teacher Bill Fletcher who also organizes the events.

Thursday the community remembered students and student's family members who have passed away from cancer and honored those who are continuing to fight it.

Now this little girl can't wait to be back here full time next year, when she enters the fifth grade.

The American Cancer Society awarded Mineral Wells Elementary for outstanding school involvement in the South Atlantic Division for last year.


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