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|Abingdon Shows Love and Support of Teen Fighting Cancer through "Circle of Love"
|An Abingdon teenager battling a life-threatening ailment won't be alone during that fight.
15-year old Whitney Cudd, a sophomore at Abingdon High School, recently had surgery related to an aggressive form of cancer she has. She and her family were treated to a huge showing of support Friday when students in the school district, Abingdon residents and others who've heard about Cudd's story formed a circle around the high school football field, called the "Circle of Love," as a way to lend their support to the inspirational teenager.
Abingdon High School Principal Chad Cox tells WGIL it was an awesome display of togetherness and love.
"It's just truly amazing and for those people that say that our country is going through a tough time right now , our recession, or think times are bad and say the human spirit is dead, to me this is amazing and this is a testimony...she's a strong girl keeping hope alive."
Along with more than a thousand people standing in a circle around the football field, student athletes stood in the middle of the field in a way that spelled out L-O-V-E. The ceremony ended with the releasing of balloons into the air.
The Abingdon softball team has dedicated its season to Whitney Cudd, who's a member of the squad and is currently taking chemotherapy treatments. The team takes her jersey number "5" everywhere they go.
Many people at the event remarked that it was the most amazing thing they'd ever seen, and Abingdon United Methodist Church Pastor Paul Dinges - who spoke at the gathering - urged everyone to support the Cudd family any way they can, and to stay positive.
Pictures from Friday's "Circle of Love" in Abingdon
(Story and photos by WGIL's Mike Perry)
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