Knox elementary school rallies to help student with leukemia

Knoxville elementary school rallies to help student with leukemia

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Chloe Blair missed most of kindergarten and first grade at Christenberry Elementary. Chloe Blair missed most of kindergarten and first grade at Christenberry Elementary.
A stuffed monkey sits in her chair to remind her classmates that she's not gone for good. A stuffed monkey sits in her chair to remind her classmates that she's not gone for good.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Teachers, staff and parents at Christenberry Elementary School in Knoxville are on the hunt for bone marrow for a first grader battling leukemia.

Six-year-old Chloe Blair made a YouTube video on December to support and encourage other children battling cancer.

That was before Chloe found out her cancer had come back.

Chloe missed most of kindergarten and first grade at Christenberry Elementary, but a stuffed monkey sits in her chair to remind her classmates that she's not gone for good.

"They started noticing she wasn't here and asking why. I basically just started by explaining to them that she wasn't feeling well and since we have germs at school, it wasn't safe for her to come back," said kindergarten teacher Amanda Thornton.

She says Chloe's presence is missed every day.

"Chloe is a very special little girl. She's very smart, very sweet. She loved coming to school," Thornton said.

The school has organized a bone marrow registry drive for this Saturday, hoping to find the lifesaving match Chloe needs for her transplant.

"We wanted to have it here because Chloe is part of our school family and part of our school community, and we just think our school family and our immediate community could really help her out," said Assistant Principal Tonya Cash.

The support means a lot to her friends and relatives.

"I'm so happy that people are coming together. It's amazing," said family friend Lindsay Lee.

Lee is hoping everyone comes out this weekend to give Chloe and other cancer patients...the second chance they so desperately need.

"It's hard to think about because we need this to save her life," said Lee.

The blood and bone marrow drive will be Saturday, March 8 at Christenberry Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To find out if you're a match for Chloe, you'll do a simple cheek swab.

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