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West Blocton Band member is honored for her battle with cancer

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 It's the last game of the season for West Blocton High School. Friday night it was one of the band members who took center stage.

"It was one of those moments you wait for and then you're like - Yay! finally!" Kristen Rice, a Senior West Blocton Band member said.

"The band is her love!" Letitia Rice, Kristen's mom said. "She loves Mr. Lowe, she loves the band."

Kristen Rice has been playing saxophone in the band since 7th grade. Her smile will tell you she's been looking forward to this night since then.

"My senior year was really important," she said. "I was really excited about it."

But at a band practice this year, she realized something wasn't right.

"I was having problems standing up for too long," Kristen said. "I was hurting in my hip. It started getting worse and worse. with marching it got really bad. I went through it and kept marching, but finally couldn't stand it anymore."

Kristen had stage four lymphoma.

"It's T Cell Rich B Lymphoma which is pretty rare in children," Letitia Rice said. "We're having to attack it aggressively. The chemo is really tough on her."

"Doctors made sure they did her chemo to her schedule where she could be here for homecoming, she could be here for senior night," Richard Rice, her Dad said.

"In an 8 hour period, you go from a healthy child in your eyes, to a child who has stage four lymphoma - it's a stopper. You go numb," Richard said.

Her music teacher wrote a song for Kristen and Friday night, her friend Taylor sang it.

"He said do you understand what you have and what you're looking toward? And she said me and God got this," Her Dad told us.

Kristen says more important than Senior night is knowing her community is cheering on her fight for life.

And like her song says... She's got this.

A racing event will help raise money for her chemo treatments. It'll be at Jake's Drag Strip in Moulton. Drivers are even contributing their winnings to her medical bills.

Here is a link to her web pages for more information: 


 

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