ALBANY, GA (WALB) - People in one South Georgia county are rallying around a young man battling Leukemia.
Matthew Leverette, a well-known man in Mitchell County, has been in a tough battle against cancer since March.
He said he's able to continue the fight because of his community.
Sunday, he wanted his neighbors to know how important their support is to him when times get tough.
"You know, you get news like this, it's a burden and it's kind of taken a toll on our family," said Matthew Leverette, Cancer Patient.
Leverette recalls a night in March when his swollen legs landed him in the emergency room, making way for terrible news.
"Based on the counts of my white blood cells count, that I had some type of leukemia. It was like 10, 15, 20 times the normal amount in my body," said Leverette.
At 28 years old, just starting a married life, the unexpected news was difficult for this family to believe.
"It's really hard at a young age to accept news like this," said Leverette.
"He's always been the more healthy one out of me and him so we never expected something like this. And it really came out of nowhere," said Samantha Leverette.
After two months of continuous travel for chemo treatments, something else - something better, came out of nowhere.
"So many people, that's just the smallest thing created fundraisers, put on a whole Matthew Day just for me just to help raise money for expenses," said Matthew Leverette.
Mitchell County and City of Pelham leaders along with six different businesses hosted several different fundraisers and raffles, all for the Leverettes.
"Having that community support behind us has really helped us just be grateful for the community that we live in," said Samantha Leverette.
He said it's thanks to this, he may have a better chance of living much longer.
"If it wasn't for the help and support of the people in this town, I couldn't have done what I've done so far and they've taken that burden off of me," said Matthew Leverette.
Now Matthew will undergo one more round of chemotherapy. If the cancer clears, he'll get a bone marrow transplant to help lower his chances of having cancer again.