STAUNTON – Raegan Fitzgerald is quiet but always has a smile.
Recently, the 15-year-old was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and has undergone chemotherapy treatments.
That smile hasn’t faded.
Neighbor Donna Tinsley has known Fitzgerald and her family for four years. Her son is a sophomore with Fitzgerald at Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton.
“She is a homebody,” Tinsley said. “I’ve never heard her raise her voice.”
Fitzgerald is the oldest of three children — her younger siblings attend McSwain Elementary. She keeps to herself, enjoys Pokémon and arts and crafts. The teen is very close to her family.
“She loves her family very much,” she said of Fitzgerald.
Tinsley took it upon herself to start a fundraising effort for the family.
“Their family was already struggling before her diagnosis,” Tinsley said. “Her mom stays at home with the kids and her dad is the only one working.”
Fitzgerald’s mother is by her side at the University of Virginia …
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