Meet Rayleigh Ike.
She’s a kindergarten student at Memorial Elementary School in Paris who likes Lilo and Stitch, hot dogs, and being a kid. In many ways, she’s just like any other, fun-loving 6 year old, but she’s also fighting a battle with leukemia.
Rayleigh was diagnosed back in October.
Memorial Elementary Principal Gary Doughan says the school and the community have been supportive since day one, creating the school motto, “No One Fights Alone.”
The school even came up with the idea of singing the Darius Rucker song “Possibilities” at school events, in Rayleigh’s honor.
“That song has been sung this fall when Rayleigh was sick, we made a video for her and shared with the family, and then, at all of our concerts,” says Doughan.
Rayleigh is a tough girl, and her kindergarten teacher Emily Vaughn says that they do their best to keep an environment of normalcy at school.
“That’s sort of been my goal, to be aware of everything but try and keep her as much of a normal kindergartner as we can,” says Vaughn.
To support Rayleigh’s fight, Memorial Elementary, and folks in Paris are putting on a fundraiser this weekend,
complete with food, music, games and 5-k Fun-Run which Rayleigh’s mother says, means a lot to the family.
“When he says its like a family here, he’s not lying at all. It’s a good school.”
Rayleigh is currently in the maintenance phase of her leukemia treatment and her mother says that if everything goes to plan, her treatment should be completed within the next two years.
The events will take place this Saturday May 6th at Memorial Elementary School with a 5-k Fun Run at 5, registration for the fun-run is at 4 PM and there will also be a dinner from 4 to 7:30. All proceeds go towards Rayleigh’s family, assisting with medical and travel expenses.