Iola High School Hosting Fundraiser Friday For Senior Battling Cancer

Signs of support are growing in Grimes County for an Iola High School senior diagnosed with cancer.

Now friends and family of Megan Ellis Clavier are lending a hand as she undergoes chemotherapy.

For most high schoolers the last semester before graduation is a time of thinking about careers and even college.

But for Iola Senior Megan Ellis Clavier life has thrown a challenge none of us ever hope to hear.

"I get a text message from her saying it's not a kidney infection it's cancer," said Katie Haby, a fellow senior at Iola High School.

Haby has been friends with Megan since 6th grade.

"I like dropped to my knees dropped my phone and I'm just shocked," said Haby.

Her friends and the staff at Iola High School have papered the school with flyers about her battle with Hodgkin Lymphoma.

It's a daily reminder of Megan as she's away undergoing treatment.

"We've already done a couple fundraisers. We've done I think two bake sales. We have the Megan bracelets. They sell them at the Carlos Store and then this Friday we're having the benefit, the enchilada dinner," said Sarah Robinson, a junior at Iola High School.

Iola Senior JoJo Porter is Megan's best friend.

"Cause it's hard especially you know being my best friend. It's the hardest thing to deal with so I was pretty devastated by it," said Porter.

The staff and countless members of the community are offering their help too including Sharon Choiniere the Public Education Information Management System Coordinator of Iola ISD.

A fundraiser is Friday night at the high school.

"The Iola Fire Department is going to serve tomorrow night. Megan's a part of the Evergreen Baptist Church. They are going to do the silent auction," said Choiniere.

Megan doesn't have health insurance and her mom is currently out of work.

Her older brother James Ellis is a Grimes County Sheriff's Deputy and has opened up his home to them to make travels easier as she undergoes treatment.

"I mean it's a really rough time for me and my family so to know that they're friends and family the community is coming together, it's a great feeling," said Ellis.

Sacrificing for a young woman in the fight of her life.

That fundraiser is happening Friday from 5 P.M. until 8 P.M. at the Iola High School cafeteria.

Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door.

Megan Clavier underwent a blood transfusion Thursday at the College Station Medical Center and is expected to have another chemotherapy session Friday.

A fund has also been established at:
FedStar Credit Union
c/o James Ellis
701 Harvey Road
College Station, TX 77840
(979) 846-7456


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