His Fight is OUR Fight at Compton Elementary

Compton Elementary School is not just a school. Compton is a family. So, when one of their very own students was diagnosed with cancer, the school and community did what families do—they jumped in to help.  

Compton third-grader Patrick Hayes was diagnosed with brain cancer. 72 weeks of chemotherapy, that is what was prescribed to attack the tumor on Patrick’s brain.  

There’s no doubt—undergoing chemotherapy is draining and the furthest from fun for anyone, especially a 10-year-old boy.   

It takes courage and strength…. qualities young Patrick is using to defeat this horrible disease.  

To support Patrick and show him that they are all in it together, Compton Elementary staff, students, families, and community launched a fundraiser for the family. The Powder Springs Police Department and Powder Springs City Council joined the school family in their fight to help Patrick.   

“We created a t-shirt to wear each Monday so that we can show Patrick we are supporting him prior to his chemotherapy treatment each Tuesday,” explained Compton Principal Beth Lair. 

The t-shirt colors incorporate Patrick’s favorite color of royal blue and the brain cancer ribbon color of gray.  

“We were thrilled to be able to present Patrick, and his family a check for $4,500.00 to support his cancer fight. The staff and students wore their t-shirts during the presentation to demonstrate our continued support,” Principal Lair added.   

As a Compton family member, no one will fight cancer alone.