Ranger cancer patient's sons, teammates shave heads to show her support

RANGER, Texas (KRBC) - A mother of five is battling Stage 4 breast cancer, but she isn't doing it alone. 

"From leaving from Abilene to Ranger I just cried and cried and cried," said LaNelle Bisbee, a mother and current breast cancer patient.

Bisbee has been battling for the last six months. While beginning chemotherapy, Bisbee had no choice but to shave her head.

"It's just been a struggle," said Bisbee.

Bisbee has two sons at Ranger Middle School and one son at Ranger High School, as well as a three-year-old daughter and one-year-old son.

"I have a baby," said Bisbee. "I should be able to see him grow old and watch my daughter go on her first date." 

She also has two of her sons friends that call her their second mom.

"I want to be here for my babies, it's not right," said Bisbee.

For Bisbee's kids, it can be tough. The family, however, is standing together. Each child is shaving their heads, and so are their teammates.

"The fact that they have friends that are shaving their own head for their mother, it's got to mean something to them," said Bisbee. "People are fighting with us."

At schools with staff members who have survived breast cancer, the support will not stop.

"It's very near and dear to us, and so when we have a member of our family, of our Ranger family, we step up no matter what," said Heather Graham, Ranger High School teacher and cheer coach.

The boys at the school also shared words of support for Bisbee, and started a new saying to show their support: "We've got your six, LaNelle."

As the Ranger football teams take on Perrin-Whitt Middle School and Perrin-Whitt High School this weekend, Bisbee's family has her back as she continues her fight.


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