Two school district rallies for student with rare brain cancer

Graham Elementary School Student Battling a rare form of brain cancer.
Graham Elementary School Student Battling a rare form of brain cancer.

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Two school districts are coming together to help a fifth grader who’s battling cancer.

Enon Elementary preschool teacher Amberly Barr’s son Blake was diagnosed with stage III brain cancer.  The 10-year-old is battling a rare form of brain cancer known as Anaplastic Astrocytoma.  Barr’s co-workers and students sprang into action last week to raise money to help offset travel expenses for the family as Blake receives treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“I sat the kids down to explain to them why we were wearing green and they decided they wanted to do something to help Blake and so we brainstormed a lot of different ideas and we came up with doing chores,” First Grade Teacher at Enon Elementary School Lori Culp said.

By doing chores, along with the generosity of their parents, the kids were able to raise $500 within 48-hours.

Blake is a fifth grader at Graham Elementary School.  Together Graham and Greenon are doubling their efforts for the family during their spirit weeks.  The monies raised by both school districts will be presented to the family Friday night at the Graham vs Greenon football game.

“I think that just shows the spirit of the community in both districts.  Amberly is a great teacher here.  She’s very well loved by her students and staff and the whole Graham community is working hard for their family too,” Greenon Local School District Superintendent Brad Silvus.

Monday the kids wore pajamas to put cancer to bed.  On Wednesday, the school district is also hosting an ice cream social from 5:30-7:30pm at Greenon Junior-Senior High School. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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