Community rallies behind cheerleader diagnosed with brain tumor

BEDFORD Co., Va. (WSET) -- A community is standing behind a high school sophomore after she underwent surgery for a brain tumor.

Melanie Mcguire is a cheerleader here at Staunton River High School.

She started complaining of horrible headaches recently and doctors discovered she had a brain tumor.

Melanie had surgery on Thursday and is now recovering.

Her family at the school said they want to do everything they can to help.

Cheerleading Coach Billi Hutchings says Melanie is always bubbly and full of energy, the jokester of the team.

She says since her diagnosis there have been lots of questions, tears, and concerns from her team, but they're doing all they can to stand together during this time.

"We stress it here at school every day with our teachers and our students, that this is a family and I carry that into my cheerleading program that, on or off the court or the field, we are together as one at all times so when something like this comes up we want to do everything," Hutchings said.

The community is holding a fundraiser at Bottoms Up in Moneta on January 29.

There will also be a silent auction, raffle, and multiple vendors, as well as a DJ and multiple bands at the paint night fundraiser.

All of the proceeds will go to Melanie's family.

The Staunton River Cheer Booster Club is sponsoring the event, and they hope it brings in a lot of help for Melanie and her family.

"She's probably one of the most spirited cheerleaders I know, she's very sweet, loving, caring, you can always goes to her if you need a laugh or a smile," said Sierra Bailey, another cheerleader at Staunton River.

And there is also an account being set up for her as well.

If you would like to donate please mail donations to:

SRHS Cheer Boosters
Dorina Drewry
PO Box 94
Goodview, Va 24095

Make sure to add Melanie McGuire somewhere on the envelope and make checks payable to SRHS Cheer Boosters.

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