Laney High School student passes away after fight with cancer
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Laney High School announced on Friday that student Darnell McLeod, also known as DJ, died after battling cancer.
“DJ was such a fighter and we will forever admire his strength and positivity. He has had such an impact on our Buctown Family and the entire community. Counselors and social workers will be available on Monday in the Media Center to attend to any staff or students that need support. Please reach out to your child’s counselor if you would like a member of the team to meet with your child,” said an email sent to parents from the school.
The school will host a walkathon fundraiser to help ease the financial strain on his family on March 25.
“Thank you to everyone for the love and support you have shown to DJ and his family. Please continue to pray for all of those that loved and cared for DJ. We will forever be #DJSTRONG!” the email said.
Lower Cape Fear Life Care, who provided care for DJ, sent WECT the following statement:
“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. It was our privilege and honor to be trusted to provide care and support to DJ and his family. His care team members were touched by the spirit of this amazing young man. We are glad we were able to make his bucket list wish a reality last weekend with the help of many people. We will continue to provide the family the grief care they need as they grieve, heal and move forward in life.”
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