Peshtigo community rallies behind student fighting cancer

Meghan Harper is battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia


PESHTIGO, Wis. (WBAY) – The Peshtigo community rallies behind one of their own Friday after an eighth grader is diagnosed with Leukemia.

In a stadium usually decked out in the Bulldog’s blue and white school colors, the community decided to sport a new color Friday night.

From the football players to the crowd, everyone was decked out in orange for Meghan Harper.

“She is probably the nicest girl ever,” said Olivia May, Meghan’s friend. “She is really tough.”

“She never gives up and she keeps on trying. She is not a quitter,” said Kayley Borths, Megan’s friend.

Meghan is battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

“They did a mapping of the cancer and it came back with a ‘high risk’ factor,” said Cathy Harper, Meghan’s mom.

Treatment includes chemotherapy and eventually, a bone marrow transplant. It’s aggressive, but so is her support team.

Over the past few days, different organizations have donated and raised money for Meghan through the selling of t-shirts, a basket raffle and 50/50 raffle.

The outpouring of support is something the family never expected.

“It’s just every time I see something it’s just so incredible. I mean, you hear about that happening to people all the time, but the depth of it is just—it’s incomprehensible until you see it happen to you,” said Harper.

However, everyone knows even when times are tough, it’s a great day to be a bulldog.

“Really it’s a lot to take in. It just makes me feel loved and it’s just the amount of support is incredible,” said Meghan.

So far, the Peshtigo community has raised about $8,400 for Meghan’s medical bills.