Community Shows Support For Young Boy Battling Leukemia

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TOEPKA, Kan. (WIBW)-Billy Chandler's family had nothing but good things to say about him and they hope the event they hosted Sunday at American Legion Post 400 here in Topeka will lift his spirits.

11-year-old Billy Chandler enjoys playing baseball, but at the end of this past summer, Billy had to step off the field.

"Right when school started, he lost weight, and he just changed almost overnight," says Billy's step-father, Miguel Martinez.

Billy was diagnosed with ALL leukemia. His step father says he will have to go through chemotherapy for the next three and a half years.

"It struck us really really hard, it really hurt us, we were devastated," says Martinez.

"I felt like I wanted to cry, you know, mostly just sad and depressed," says Billy's younger brother, Elijah Chandler.

"I just feel like I have to stay strong you know, I have to keep going, I can't stay stuck you know," says Billy's older brother, Jesse Chandler.

Sunday, Billy's family and friends created a Band Jam and Halloween costume party in hopes to raise money for Billy's medical expenses.

"It's not only going to help him lift his spirits, it's really going to give him the courage to keep on going," says Martinez.

Even though Billy couldn't be at the party, his family says they are celebrating in his honor.

"He'll know that he's loved and everyone is rooting for him," says Billy's great-aunt, Diana Hewitt.

"Very badly, i miss him," says Elijah.

"He will get better of over the next few years," says Jesse.

"One thing he is going through with this leukemia is that he is not giving up," says Martinez.