Supporting Alex: Local HS teams-up to help classmate

AKRON, Ohio — Friday was a dress-down day at St. Vincent St. Mary High School, where students and staff eagerly gave a donation of $2 each to do so, many of them wearing pink.

The school showing support for one of their own, senior cheerleader Alex Palmer.

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“She just had pain in her foot kind of towards the begining of the cheer season so the begining of the school year, it was always kind of uncomfortable for her but she never had it looked at until she had gotten the boot on,” said fellow cheerleader Georgia Deitrick.

Alex would be diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, known as Ewing Sarcoma.

“It was pretty devastating. I think at first it was kind of hard to believe. When it came back cancerous we are like oh its fine they will just remove it and then it metastized to her lung and that’s when it became really real to us,” said Ava Heiser, Alex’s best friend.

Friends of her family have started a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical bils.

“Alex is just one of our wonderful students she’s one of our cheerleaders, she is planning on attending Ohio State this fall she carries a 4.2 grade average. I always say a lot of our students have a glass half full, Alex’s cup always runeth over with energy and excitement and enthusiasm,” said St. Vincent St. Mary President Mark Butterworth.

For infomation on how to help with the Palmer family’s medical bills you can click here.

The donations for dress-down day are being matched by a parents club, with the contributions going to the Palmer family.

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But that is just the begining of where classmates and the community are rallying behind Palmer.

T-shirts have been designed and in pre-sale. Assistant Principal Rebecca Busey tells Fox 8 News it is the largest order they have ever had.

Wrist bands are also being sold at the school, everyghing in pink, palmer’s favorite color.

Students at Tuesday’s basketball game filled the school’s gymnasium with pink cheering for Palmer.

Akron Mayor Shammas Malik, in his weekly report on Friday, also offered his own words of encouragement.

“I want to send a special shout out to STVM student Alex Palmer, who is facing a cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy with a lot of bravery and help from her friends. Akron City Hall is in your corner, Alex,” wrote Malik.

“We are so incredibly grateful for the love, support and encouragement, ” Palmer’s mother Regina told Fox 8 by phone on Friday, when Alex was at home having just started a series of treatments.

“Everyone is coming together all at once even if you barely know Alex seeing other people support her kind of makes you want to support her,” said Senior Sam Robinson.

“I think it shows how much her whole community cares about her even people who don’t know who she is,” said Deitrick.

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“I think with that personality, with her being so positive is helping everyone around her as a whole being positive and making sure that Alex is ok, we are ok and if we are ok Alex is ok,” said Senior Gus Khayyat.

“Something that’s hitting this family very hard they need to know that they have the love and support of their school community and anything that we can do to support, then them we need them to know that Alex and her family know what she means to us and that we are here for her,” said Butterworth.

For more infomation on how to help with the Palmer family’s medical bills you can click here.

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