Hundreds of people turned out last Friday in Iola to open their hearts and wallets for a high school senior recently diagnosed with cancer and they raised more than $17,000.
News 3 met with Megan Ellis Clavier and her family Tuesday to see how she's doing and see the inspiring show of support she's receiving in Grimes County.
Megan Ellis Clavier looks like your typical Iola high school senior filled with a smile and laughter.
But her world changed forever a few weeks ago when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma; a cancer of the immune system.
"I couldn't imagine being in her situation dealing with what she's having to deal with at an age that she's at," said James Ellis, her older brother.
Ellis is grateful for a generous community.
Last week we told you about a fundraiser dinner at Iola High School for Megan and her medical expenses.
It turns out more than $17,000 was raised and the money is still coming in. They even ran out of food within the first two hours of the event.
"My little sister Megan got to go for a little while so and when we go there the cafeteria itself along with the forum there in the high school was completely full of people and it was great for her to be able to see people that she hasn't been able to see in a while," he added.
She and her mom are staying with her brother for now as it's easier to get in and out for her treatment. Her mom is also in between jobs and they are applying for Medicaid and disability to cover the mounting medical bills.
"Nothing like this has ever happened to me or my family, immediate family even distant family," said James Ellis.
Megan Clavier has already undergone three blood transfusions so her friends at Iola High School are hosting a blood drive in her honor on Wednesday at the ag barn to help save lives like hers.
"It knocked us down a little bit but we have a strong faith in the Good Lord above so we know that everything happens for a reason and this is just going to make her a stronger person so she'll do fine," said Ellis.
Keeping her spirits up while fighting an opponent with all her strength.
The blood drive for Megan is happening Wednesday from noon until 6 P.M. at the Iola High School Ag Barn on Bulldog Lane.
Megan is scheduled to undergo her third session of chemotherapy on April 27th.
A fund has also been established at:
FedStar Credit Union
c/o James Ellis
701 Harvey Road
College Station, TX 77840