LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Central Catholic High School family is rallying around one of its football captains after Knights' senior Pat Mackey was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
Mackey was a starting offensive lineman and captain for a Central Catholic team that won its fourth-straight Class A state championship last fall.
The Knights' support was quite visible Thursday at school when students were allowed to break tradition from their daily uniforms to wear orange with jeans and-or sweatpants.
Students could wear jeans in exchange for a one dollar donation to the Mackey family and a two dollar donation to the family would result in students getting permission to wear sweatpants.
As of late this afternoon, the Knights had raised twelve hundred dollars in support of Mackey.
Central Catholic Principal Joe Brettnacher said that "PatStrong" is the most recent example of the incredible support shown at Central Catholic.
"One of the great qualities about Central Catholic is the sense of community that we have and any time we have a student, a faculty member, or a community member in need the faculty, staff, and students really rally around them," said Brettnacher. "We feel very fortunate that we were able to lend prayers to help Patrick as he is under going chemotherapy and to raise some funds to help his family with incidental costs. This young man is a tremendous person and our hearts ache for him and we want to show our love to the family and to Patrick."
Last week, Patrick attempted to donate blood during a drive at school. The nurse who attempted to take his blood told him he could not donate due to low hemoglobin levels, and told him he needed to go see his family physician which led to the discovery of leukemia.
The doctors are hopeful that it was found early enough and that he will win his battle with cancer.
600 Orange PatStrong bracelets have been ordered and will hopefully be ready for purchase next week.
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