Dig Purple for Payton on Oct. 25

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What: Dig Purple For Payton

When: 5 p.m. October 25

Where: Vermillion/EPJ volleybal match at Vermillion High School

Sponsored by: Vermillion High School volleyball teams

Why: To help Payton and her family. Payton Hand, 12, a sixth grader at Vermillion Middle School was diagnosed with Philadelphia Chromosome Leukemia Feb. 10, 2011. In early August, Payton received her second bone marrow transplant and as of Sept. 4, is cancer free and on the long road to recovery.

Payton Hand, 12, has waged a miraculous fight after being diagnosed with leukemia last February, and the high school volleyball teams of Vermillion and Elk Point-Jefferson have planned a "Dig Purple for Payton" fundraiser to help her Payton and her family as she continues to battle this illness.

Payton was diagnosed with Philadelphia Chromosome Leukemia Feb. 10, 2011.  Prior to diagnosis, doctors simply could not figure out why the once audacious young girl had lost her spunk.  Over the past 18 months, Payton has overcome almost insurmountable odds. 

This February, doctors warned the family Payton may not have long to live and that they should consider saying their goodbyes.  However, Payton fought back through the spring and summer to allow for a second chance.  In early August, Payton received her second bone marrow transplant and as of Sept. 4, is cancer free on the long road to recovery. 

Recently, Payton was allowed to move into the Ronald McDonald House away from the constant monitors and alarms going off around her.  Payton's courageous fight continues as she battles the side effects linked to transplants and recovering from 18 months on and off chemotherapy. 

To help Payton and her family in this fight, please consider donating to Dig Purple for Payton in the following ways: straight donation, or attending the Oct. 25 Vermillion/EPJ volleyball match in Vermillion and participating in several game time activities to help the family. 

Payton would be a sixth grader at Vermillion Middle school this fall and has two young brothers who attend Elk Point Jefferson schools.  Please help our communities help this fantastic young girl.

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