At just 16-years-old, Raymond Cruz, a junior at Centennial High School, is dealing with something most youth don’t have to worry about. He has been diagnosed with stage four Ewing’s-like Sarcoma cancer.

He was diagnosed just last week. Although he isn’t able to attend school, his peers are standing behind him and supporting him.

At Friday night’s basketball game at Centennial High School, the students came together to support Ray by selling wristbands that say #RayStrong and they brought donations of stuffed animals to be given to Monroe Carrell Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in honor of Ray.

Raymond was able to attend the game for a short time to thank everyone for their support.

Raymond will begin treatment next week. A GoFundMe page has been set-up to support the family. To make a donation visit the page here.  As of the writing of this story, the GoFundMe page has already generated $14,712  in donations.

The family will keep everyone updated on Cruz’s  journey on the Raymond Cruz Family-Cancer Update Facebook Page.

Cruz’s mother, Blandina shared on their Facebook page, “We want to say thank you to each and every one of you for your prayers, support and donations. We ask that you please continue to share our GoFundMe page because we hope that it will ease some of our stress and help us to focus on what is important “Raymond”. We want everyone to know that we will do our very best to keep the Facebook page updated. So please share this as well. We will post his day to day information. We appreciate everyone’s phone calls and texts. But we’re not able to respond in a timely manner.”

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