BIG SPRING, Texas (ABC Big 2 / FOX 24) – A Forsan student is giving her thanks. Her community raised thousands of dollars to help in her fight against cancer.
Just two weeks ago, 14-year-old Hailey Williams was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called ewing sarcoma. Doctors found a tumor near her neck.
“I think after this first chemo I probably fully realized that I have to do this for nine months,” Williams said.
“I’m telling you the little things don’t matter anymore,” said Lucy Williams honestly they don’t just hug your kids everyday no matter what.”
Both Forsan and Big Spring high schools have held fundraisers, and online donations have reached around $10,000.
“I wanted to cry honestly, I just wanted to keep myself together,” Williams said ” It just made me feel so happy that everybody cares about me and I just never thought that we would raise that much.”
As the freshman starts her chemo therapy her friends said they’ll be there for support.
“It’s just trying to keep up like distracted I guess,” said Jeremiah Rivera,
“She’s funny, she’s really funny and you can talk to her about anything and she won’t judge you.” said Emma Peffer.
And her family is grateful to see folks rallying around Hailey.
“This has been such a blessing, I would definitely give all of it back you know not to have this happen to her,” Williams said
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Hailey to cover her treatment. Big Spring High School will also be hosting football tournament fundraiser on May 15th.