Reidland shows support for ill student


WPSD Sports

REIDLAND, Ky. - Last week Amanda Weir, a sophomore on Reidland High School's Girls' basketball team, was diagnosed with leukemia. Less than a week later her fellow classmates are showing their support in a big way.

"It means a lot to know that many people care about my sister, how she is feeling, and my family," Amanda's brother Adam Weir said.

Today was supposed to be another day to celebrate homecoming at Reidland. Instead over half of the student body wore orange shirts, a symbol of leukemia awareness, with the words "I WEAR ORANGE for Amanda" on the front.

"I feel it shows how even people who don't know Amanda well can come together and support her though this difficult time," Kennedy Powers said, a junior on the Lady Greyhounds basketball team.

"It feels like a family," Adam Weir said. "They are my brothers and sisters in a way. They are here as much as I am for my sister now."

Though they can't heal their classmate, they can encourage her by showing her how much she is loved back home.

"Playing sports, it really gets you to see people who support you," Powers said. "Seeing the support in this way is encouraging for Amanda."

A Facebook page has been set up for Amanda with ways to help in ther fight with cancer. A benefits account has also been set up in order to help the Weir family at the South Side Regions Bank.

To visit the "Prayers for Amanda" Facebook page, click here.