Ariel Gandy walked, linked arm in arm with the Leon High Lions on to the football field.
Showing united not only on the field, but throughout the week as her peers showed their support, raising funds ... while Ariel battles liver cancer.
Ariel's friend, Ryan Reynolds says, "I just knew all I could do was help and be there for her. I know if I were in this situation she would be there for me."
All spirit week, Ariel's peers have been donating money to make her homecoming night the best ever. Complete with a brand new dress, hair appointment and a limousine ride to the dance.
"People were donating. I was watching people just drop all their money in the bucket." "It filled me with hope to know that students that don't know Ariel gave everything they had for her."
Ariel was named the football team's sweetheart and escorted them onto the grid iron. The team also dedicated jersey number 12 to their number one fan.
While the high school junior shied away from the camera, her best friends say they are thankful for the loyalty and love from their fellow Lions.
Jordan Rodman says, "Thank you guys for filling her with that smile she carries around with her all the time."
"We love you Ariel!"
BELOW IS A FUNDRAISER FLYER FOR A GOLF TOURNAMENT TO HELP ARIEL AND HER FAMILY. IT IS NOT IN ANY WAY SPONSORED BY WCTV:
FUNDRAISER GOLF TOURNAMENT
ARIEL IS A BEAUTIFUL, SMART, AND FUNNY 17 YEAR OLD WHO HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A RARE FORM OF ADULT LIVER CANCER. SHE AND HER LOVED ONES HAVE BEEN TOLD THEIR CHOICES ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED.
WHILE SHE STRUGGLES TO SURVIVE RECEIVING PRAYER AFTER PRAYER DRIVING FROM HOSPITAL TO HOSPITAL SEEING DOCTOR AFTER DOCTOR THERE ISN’T A LOT WE CAN DO TO HELP. THIS IS OUR OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW HER AND HER FAMILY WHAT KIND OF COMMUNITY THEY LIVE IN. COME JOIN US AND HELP GIVE HER AND HER FAMILY ONE OF THE FEW THINGS WE CAN ASSIST WITH. COME OUT AND ENJOY A WONDERFUL DAY ON ONE OF TALLAHASSEE’S MOST BEAUTIFUL GOLF COURSES HONORING ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING YOUNG LADIES WE HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING.
HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN HER LIFE THE WAY SHE HAS IN SO MANY OTHERS.
NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL
WHEN = NOVEMBER 18TH
WHERE = SEMINOLE GOLF COURSE
TEAM OF 4 = $400.00
INDIVIDUAL = $100.00
LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS ARE INCLUDED
THERE WILL BE PRIZES GALORE AND A SILENT AUCTION
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY November 10TH
60 PLAYER MAXIMUM
PLAYER REGISTRATION WILL BE 7 AM ON THE 18TH, SHOTGUN START AT 8:30 AM
TO ENTER THE TOURNAMENT OR FOR TOURNEY DETAILS PLEASE CALL EITHER MIKE DeSHERLIA AT 850-766-0606 OR RENEE MARTINELLO AT 850-567-2715