Account set up to help family of 3rd-grader with leukemia

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

Jan. 31, 2008 - A medical fund has been set up at City National Bank for a North Hopkins third-grader diagnosed with leukemia.

Raylee Box, the 8-year-old daughter of Ronda Box of Sulphur Springs, will be in and out of Medical City of Dallas over the next 6 months, according to her grandmother, Shirley McFarlin.

"They've hit her with chemo hard and fast," said McFarlin of her granddaughter.

According to McFarlin, the family does have insurance, but supplemental funds will be needed as her daughter, a 20-year employee of Morningstar Foods, has had to take a short-term leave of absence.

"She's not taking this too well -- none of us are, really," McFarlin admitted with tears in her eyes.

McFarlin explained that Raylee is no stranger to Medical City since she has been in and out of the hospital with asthma since she was born.

"She's a very happy-go-lucky little girl, even though she pretty much stays sick," said McFarlin. "But she never complains."

Morningstar will host a blood drive for Raylee in its parking lot on Tuesday, Feb. 19, and future benefits and yard signs are being planned.

"We would just appreciate the town's help and support right now," said McFarlin. "We've had a lot of people already pitching in to help. Donations will really be appreciated."

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