By Nancy R. Elliott
The Herald Bulletin
FRANKTON, Ind. —
Go! Fight! Win! Cheerleaders will be rooting Saturday, not for the football team, but for one of their own. They and the rest of the Frankton community are turning out this weekend for the Team Chloe 5K Run/Walk to show their support for 14-year old Frankton High School cheerleader Chloe Poor in her battle against leukemia.
“She is an amazing girl that needs the support of her community rallying behind her,” said family friend and event organizer, Amy Linville. “It’s like a never-ending battle for her.”
The Team Chloe 5K Run/Walk is set to take place bright and early Saturday morning. Supporters can register starting at 7:30 a.m. for the 8 a.m. event. Walkers and runners will meet up at the Frankton High School parking lot, 610 E. Clyde St. The course begins and ends at the high school. A $5 cash donation is requested, and Team Chloe T-shirts will be available for sale for $10. All proceeds will go to help Chloe and her family defeat leukemia. Following the run/walk, Team Chloe members will also take part in the Frankton Heritage Days parade.
Chloe has been battling leukemia since 2009. She was treated then, and the disease went into remission. It returned in 2011. That year, Chloe underwent a bone marrow transplant from her brother, Gage. He’s currently 23, attending college in Florida.
This year, Chloe’s still been in and out of the hospital. Her mom, Marie, said that Chloe had chemotherapy in July, and she received more of Gage’s cells. Still, doctors lately recommended another bone marrow transplant. After getting a second opinion, it’s possible Chloe will undergo such a transplant within the next three to four weeks.
Marie said that Chloe has not been able to go to school much, but the cheerleading team is very important to her.
“She wants to walk with her cheerleaders,” said Marie. “Cheerleading and hanging out with friends – that’s what’s keeping her going.” In addition to the run/walk, the cheerleaders will be part of the Frankton Heritage Days parade, in which Chloe will hopefully be able to participate.
“I just want her to enjoy life and her friends,” said Marie. “I just want her to feel the love and support.”
The community has really stepped up to let Chloe know she’s loved. The shirts, water bottles, 5K charms and signage have all been donated for Saturday’s event, and plenty of people have already committed to participate.
“I am really hoping we get a great turnout for this event,” said Linville.
Linville has organized the event from afar. An avid runner, Linville is currently working on her master’s degree at the University of Colorado, but she’ll be back on her home turf Saturday to run for Team Chloe.
Check out www.teamchloe5k.weebly.com or look for Team Chloe 5K on Facebook for more information.
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