Albemarle Community Rallies for Student with Cancer
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A rare form of cancer is keeping a student at an Albemarle County School out of the classroom.
Her classmates sent messages of support, in part through a program she was involved in last year. On Friday, Zola Barbour received help from her classmates, while she battles a sarcoma tumor.
“Zola’s a fighter. You know, she’s a fighter, we’ve got this community we got our family, so we're gonna fight and she’s gonna - we're gonna get this,” said Sheila Avery, Barbour’s aunt.
Barbour, a 7th grader at Henley Middle School is fighting a desmoplastic small round cell tumor, but Barbour is not fighting on her own. On Tuesday, school officials let students know she was sick.
“When we came in on Wednesday, the kids took it from there and they said we want to do these things, and you know some wanted to do a fundraiser some wanted to organize cards and ways to just make her feel better and another group of students said can we wear pink on Friday,” said principal Beth Costa.
Student's parents are also showed their support.
“Well my friends mom she got a shirt printer and I asked her to make me a shirt and she made me one,” said Elijah Mundie, Barbour’s first cousin and classmate.
Barbour spent time last year making care packages for kids in hospitals. On Friday, Barbour saw how effective those care packages could be.
“Last year when I was in 6th grade I had Miss Revees as my teacher, and we made ‘4 You' bags in there and they came to the kids in the hospital. Now the other 6th graders are in 6th grade and they made those bags and now I got one,” said Barbour.
Principal Costa at Henley Middle School said that kindness represents all of the students at school, who are sharing their support for their classmate.
“Our students, this is what they do. They wrap around each other,” stated Costa.
Barbour is undergoing chemotherapy at the University Of Virginia Children's Hospital. She may need to travel to New York to get further treatment.
Principal Costa set up a GoFundMe to help alleviate some of the costs.