Rally Round Rachel benefit concert for Denison teacher battling leukemia

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) -- A Denison Middle School teacher is fighting for her life after her leukemia relapsed a few months ago. Her students and teachers wanted to show their support and held a benefit concert Tuesday night in her name.

Scott Middle School students are practicing their tunes and hitting those high notes. But these students said it struck a cord when they found out about their eighth grade Algebra teacher, Rachel Ramer's leukemia relapsed a few months ago.

"Its really disappointing to find out about it because she had such a hard time with it the first time and now she has to go through it again," said students Hunter, Madison, Luke and John.

"And once we found out about her relapse with her leukemia the whole staff here bonded together to try to come up with different fundraising ideas," said Scott Middle School Band Director Brandon Fisher.

So they came up with Rally Round Rachel, a benefit concert.

Ramer has been out of school since February and had a recent bone marrow transplant.

About 60 students will play 15 songs, all with a theme of strength.

"'Fight Song' by Rachel Platten, 'Stronger' by Kelly Clarkson, 'Imagine' by John Lennon and there's 'Hero,'" the students said.

Although Ramer won't be in attendance, they will live stream the event for her while she's recovering in the hospital.

"This is a really cool opportunity for the students," Fisher said. "They've never been able to do a concert like this for a cause. They're really invested so they'll work hard and would like as many people to come as possible."

"It will mean a lot for us to help her as students," the students said. "Hope you get better, we're gonna miss her a lot."

The concert will be at the Eisenhower Auditorium at Scott Middle School, Tuesday May 1, 2018 at seven p.m.

Tickets are five dollars for students and kids, ten dollars for adults. All proceeds will go towards Ramer's medical costs.

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