Family Receives Community Support

by Brittany Harris on January 9, 2011 at 7:03 am

The Zanesville High School Football Team is helping out one of its community members.

The team visited the Stanton lemonade stand on Bell Street to give the family a donation. Their son, Michael Thompson, 19, was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma and underwent surgery in April. The lemonade stand was created by his siblings to help gather funds for Thompson’s treatment. 

"Well the community in Zanesville gives back to the Blue Devils quite often, and we wanted to take this opportunity to give back to a community member who are obviously having some struggles, and we know that anytime you have struggles, you know the best thing about it is people that rally behind you, get a family atmosphere behind you to pull together," said Chad Grandstaff, Football Coach of Zanesville High School.

Thompson’s mother says that having the team visit really meant a lot to her and the rest of the family.

"It was awesome, I can’t I can’t explain it in words, it’s touched my heart deeply, because like I told him and the whole team, my son use to play football," said Anna Marie Stanton.

Donations are still being accepted on behalf of Michael. He is now off bed rest and continuing chemotherapy. The family would like to thank the public for their continued support.