Whitesboro paints town blue for 3-year-old battling Leukemia

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WHITESBORO, Tex. (KXII) -- A 3-year-old Whitesboro girl is battling Leukemia, but she's not fighting alone. The town named Friday "Everleigh Brave Day."

Blue is 3-year-old Everleigh Ledbetter's favorite color, but on Friday, her favorite color turned into a symbol of her town's support as they joined her fight against Leukemia.

"Blue ribbons, balloons, banners, so we can paint the town blue," Carley Turpen with Hedges' Florist in Whitesboro said.

Walking through the halls at Whitesboro High School or driving around town Friday, blue could be seen for miles.

"We spent all day yesterday and the day before, making sure it was all ready," Whitesboro High School student Katie Schares said, who also had Leukemia as a kid.

Whitesboro is painting the town blue with banners and decorations for "Everleigh Brave Day."

More than 500 people wore Everleigh's blue shirt that says, "Though she be but little, she is fierce." Dozens of businesses were decked out in blue.

"One thing about our community is we may be small, but we really come together whenever we need to," Schares said.

Everleigh was diagnosed with High Risk B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in June and faces treatment for the next two years.

She is one of five kids and her two oldest brothers go to Whitesboro High School, where her mom works as a teacher.

Her brothers said seeing this support by their peers is overwhelming.

"This means we have a lot of support for her," Major Ledbetter said.

"It means a lot, I can't even describe it," Graham Ledbetter said.

Everleigh and her mom were in Fort Worth Friday morning for her treatment, but she plans to be at the football game Friday night where the team and people in the stands will be wearing blue in her honor.

"I think it's important that we make this little girl's day and make it special," Turpen said.

It's a community coming together to fight childhood cancer and be "Everleigh Brave."

"She's definitely being fierce and fighting it."

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