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'God has my back': New t-shirts designed in honor of late Van Junior High student


Van Junior High School student Byron Jones passed away last Wednesday on his 15th birthday, after battling with leukemia since January of this year. Since Byron announced he had leukemia, the students, faculty and staff of Van Junior High had been raising money for Jones and his family to cover the medical expenses.

One of the greatest efforts to raise money has come from Van Junior High teacher Paige Redmond.

"We just wanted to do something to try to make that part of the life for the Jones family a little bit easier so they wouldn't have to worry about, the cost of everything", said Redmond.

One of the fundraisers included making t-shirts.

"P for B stands for 'Pray for Byron.' The ribbons we had added. We added the one orange one as well, due to the fact that orange stands for the leukemia so that way we show support for the fight against leukemia and for Byron as well", said Redmond.

Soon after the school heard about Byron's leukemia, a special weekly tradition started for Byron.

"On Thursdays we would all get to wear our pray for Byron t-shirts and blue jeans to school so that way, just for a moment, we could think about Byron and how he was doing and show the support. Even though we weren't there with him, he knew we were behind him.", said Redmond.

Since Byron's passing, they have sold about 100 shirts and are working on a new t-shirt design that will say "God has my back". These were the last words Byron said to his grandmother before he passed away.

The t-shrits cost 15 dollars each. If you would like to order one, contact Paige Redmond at paigeredmond@aol.com

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