Community support for Dalton spreads to all sick kids, church bus victims

STATESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - Football Friday Night takes on new meaning for the Iredell Statesville school district. If you go to West Iredell's home game against South Iredell, you'll notice it's a "Blue-Out".

Even though the West Iredell Warriors colors are green and yellow, the team will be sporting light blue socks as another show of support for Dalton Edwards.

Dalton is the teammate who announced a week ago, he has liver cancer.  Carolina blue is Dalton's favorite color.

Last week, doctors delivered the news. Dalton then told his teammates before the game, and that's when a now famous picture was taken and shared on and on WBTV News.

In it you see the two competing teams huddled in prayer, heads bowed lifting up Dalton.  The entire county has rallied to show Dalton they are with him in this fight!

I spoke with Dawn Creason, public information officer for the 36 schools in the Iredell-Statesville system told on Friday.  She said Dalton's story has been an eye-opener for the entire county.

"Since Dalton's story went viral, we've realized just how many kids in our schools are fighting serious illnesses like cancer and leukemia.  And with the tragedy in Tennessee, tonight we are also lifting up and supporting our neighbors at Front Street Baptist Church," Creason said.

Students in the stands will also be wearing Dalton's favorite color.  Over 700 light blue t-shirts have sold since Tuesday.

Three hundred and fifty shirts sold Tuesday morning while Dalton was in the hospital for a biopsy.  The entire supply of shirts was gone in less than 15 minutes.  More than 400 others sold for $10 a shirt.

The sportswear manufacturer, Thorlo, donated the socks for Dalton's teammates.  The cheerleaders are expected to wear big blue bows Friday night as well.

So if you are lucky to be there in person and you witness that sea of light blue, know that it started with one young man's courageous announcement and competitors huddled together in prayer!

That scene is likely to play out again tonight, only this time, the list of names of those prayed for is a little longer.

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