SWIFTWATER, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – While other kids plan their Christmas wish list, Marquia Fougy is hooked up to machines. The thirteen-year-old is fighting for her life from a children’s hospital.
“It’s been a rocky, emotional, mental, phyical battle for all of us,” says Mallorie Ciresa, Marquia’s mother.
Last month, the 7th grader was diagnosed with an agressive form of stage four kidney cancer, which spread to her lungs. She also has autism.
“But we’re just praying, because she really doesn’t know what’s going on,” says Marquia’s other mother, Florse Louis, through tears.
Marquia’s friends at Pocono Mountain East Junior High started brainstorming.
“We wanted to do something to help, so we decided to raise money for her,” explains Olivia Peechatka, 8th grade.
Students bought raffle tickets for a chance to chop off their teacher’s luscious locks. Mr. Beveridge hasn’t cut his hair in two years at his wife’s (stern) request.
“Kinda lookin’ like Jesus, yeah!” says Dave Beveridge, Physical Education teacher.
Mr. Beveridge’s hair usually isn’t split into thirty tiny ponytails, but it was on Wednesday because thirty students are each chopping one of the bad boys off.
He adds, “it’s the least I could do. Our school here really came together.”
And then, it was the moment everyone waited for. Smiles, screams and snip after snip!
“I mean, it’s amazing. I have no words to say,” Louis adds.
“It’s overwhelming,” Ciresa adds.
After the mini-stylists went to work, a professional shaped up their work.
And as for Marquia, her classmates prove they’ll fight this battle with her.
Wednesday night, Marquia was discharged from the hospital. If she’s well enough, the teen will spend the holidays home with her family.
Students raised $2,700 dollars for her at the pep rally.