THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) - Students in Thomas County wore hats and T-shirts for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month on Friday. They said it personally affects them since one of their own is currently battling the disease.
All it took was a hat and dollar for students at Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School and the other Thomas County schools to show support for one of their own - Loxley Slocumb.
Employees and students in Thomas County wore T-shirts and hats to raise awareness for childhood cancer.
Each student that wore a hat as part of the Caps for Cure fundraiser donated a dollar into the Alex's Lemonade Stand box in the front office.
Many also walked the halls wearing a shirt in honor of a Thomas County Middle School student named Loxley Slocumb.
Loxley was recently diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer found in her knee. She is undergoing treatment.
Loxley's sister Riley attends Garrison-Pilcher Elementary and got to see her classmates walk around in their support T-shirts.
"We feel especially that this year we really want to support this cause, and we've got our 'Loxley Strong' T-shirts on today," said Dara Creech, Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School counselor.
Coming together when times get tough, to show the Slocumb family that they are not alone.
"Because we've had Loxley here at our school and now we have her sister Riley, we want her to know how much she's loved. We want her to know how much she is loved and how much we love her family. We are totally behind her in this effort," said Creech.
Riley was even more excited because she got to sport her special pink shirt around school to support her sister.
Garrison-Pilcher collected $387 from the cap donations.