Supporters from across the country show support for Campbell Cou

Supporters from across the country show support for Campbell County teen with cancer

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Katelyn Norman is battling bone cancer. Katelyn Norman is battling bone cancer.
Supporters light the night for Kate in Campbell County. Supporters light the night for Kate in Campbell County.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

JACKSBORO (WATE) - The story of a Campbell County teen suffering from terminal cancer is gaining support not just here in East Tennessee, but across the country.

Katelyn Norman, 14, has been fighting bone cancer for months. Recently, she learned that chemotherapy treatments weren't working.

Now, she's focused on accomplishing the things she's always wanted to do with the time she has left.

On Wednesday afternoon, Katelyn was in critical but stable condition at Children's Hospital.

On Tuesday night, she was too sick to attend the prom planned for her in Campbell County so they brought the prom to her.

Friends, family and the hospital staff helped Katelyn cross off the number one thing on her bucket list - prom.

Katelyn's date presented her with a corsage and she was named prom queen.

Katelyn was able to see dozens of supporters outside her window holding a candlelight vigil in her honor.

Back home in Campbell County, hundreds of people lined Highway 63 - from strangers to classmates - all in an effort to light the night for Kate.

Her story has taken the social media world by storm.

She even got a special shout out from the her favorite band, Of Mice and Men.

The lead singer of the band tweeted, "Dear Katelyn Norman, our set was for you tonight. My mind couldn't stop thinking about you the whole time. You inspire me and I love you."

University of Tennessee defensive back Byron Moore tweeted, "It was great meeting Katelyn Norman. A truly strong young girl."

And on Facebook, people from across the country have been commenting.

Misty Reagan said, "This story touched my heart in such a big way. I have a candle lit just for you tonight in Albertville, Alabama."

Anyone who would like to send well wishes to Katelyn can send her an e-card at the East Tennessee Children's Hospital website and volunteers will deliver them to her.

Through donations, more than $63,000 have been raised for Katelyn's bucket list.

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