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High School Rallies Around Student With Leukemia

Posted September 15, 2007
Updated September 16, 2007

— A high school football game took on a deeper meaning when students at East Wake High School rallied Friday around Timmy Baker, a senior football player for the Warriors.

A week ago, Baker was diagnosed with leukemia.

Before the game against Holly Springs was called due to rain, the students wore orange headbands, T-shirts and bracelets in a show of support and solidarity for Baker. They chose orange because Baker is a huge Clemson fan.

“The kids here in this community have really rallied around him, and we really appreciate it,” said Coy Baker, Timmy's father.

“He's just the nicest guy. Everyone gets along with him. You never hear a bad word come out of his mouth. He has the best attitude about this," friend Lee Madjar said.

Baker's father said his son has at least three years of treatment ahead of him. He said Timmy is strong and his prognosis is good.

Baker got a special call this week from Clemson Coach Tommy Bowden. He also received a signed University of North Carolina football from Coach Butch Davis.


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  • Billfisher Sep 17, 2007

    I am Timmy's first cousin, also a Baker. We thank each and every one of you who continues to show your love and support through kind words and prayers. He is doing better than expected but still has a long way to go in fighting this disease. He's a strong kid who loves the Lord, his family and his friends. Please continue to support him in his fight and pray for everyone experiencing a battle of their own. Thank you again

    Robby Baker

  • thelegs99 Sep 17, 2007

    I am the class of 1999, Us warriors always FIGHT STRONG AND HARD!!! Good luck with your bright future!. Kanika Johnson

  • br549znc Sep 17, 2007

    My son is good friends with Timmy. He and the rest of my family are praying for Timmy's complete healing.

  • Football is Awesome Sep 16, 2007

    I'm kind of disappointed that Nick Stevens hasn't reported anything on the Football Friday section. You'd think this is a pretty big story for the prep sports department! It seems like the prep sports folks like to report on the negatives!!!

  • mrtwinturbo Sep 16, 2007

    race81...so are you from Eastern Wayne High School or East Wake High School? Both were called EWHS and both were called the Warriors...just curious

  • race81 Sep 16, 2007

    I am a 1991 graduate of EWHS! I would expect nothing else from the Warriors then the love and support they are showing this young man.

  • tiredofgovtwaste Sep 16, 2007

    "It is nice to hear a positive story about a high school in this area. Glad those students are able to pull together to support a fellow student."

    This is a great comment, but you know, it not just at East Wake that has a student body made of great kids, they are everywhere its just that they dont get reported only those who cause trouble, run up against the system that gets the headlines. Timmy is lucky to have such a group of friends, but what if he was not a football player? Would the support still be there, I would like to think so. Keep up the good work East Wake and other students take note, it cost nothing to support and love and care about others in this world.

  • amandamarie56 Sep 16, 2007

    I am a survivor of AML (Leukemia) and I am keeping your whole family in my prayers. I was diagnosed in May 205 one week prior to my sons graduation from Eastern Wayne HS> I am going to keep fighting...I am in remission now, and I may have missed his graduation but I will be around for other important milestones. Keep fighting and STAY POSITIVE>..I was supported with the power of prayer from so many people, and was always around positive attitudes. This story touched my heart...it is such a shock not only to the patient but to th family members...it affects everyone. Please everyone be sure to keep this family in your prayers and if I can make any suggestions, it would be to remember the family members....any little thing ..a homebaked meal, a tank of gas, some snacks for the family to eat, or even just a great big hug and a shoulder to lean on..these are what help the most. God bless you Timmy ! ps Orange is also the color for the leukemia ribbon! amandamarie56@Msn

  • jetset Sep 16, 2007

    May God's healing touch be placed upon Timmy and good luck to East Wake High School Warriors. What a great name for a high school team.

  • Caliboy Sep 16, 2007

    He will win agaist leukemia.... I SUPPORT HIM 100%