Limestone student grateful for community support

By WEEK Producer

December 26, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:10 AM CDT

BARTONVILLE, Ill. -- Christmas was better than ever this year for a local high school student battling a life-threatening medical condition.

When Limestone High School student, Nathan Darko, was first diagnosed with a brain tumor, Rocket Rowdies jumped at the opportunity to support a follow classmate.

That included shaving off their hair in support of his upcoming surgery.

Now after almost of month of being in the hospital, Darko is back home and is very grateful for the school's and community's support.

"It was just awesome. Everybody from Limestone and the community to have them all do it is great," said Darko.

"Everyone just wanted to be there with Nate, because Nate is always there for someone else. So we all knew if this happened to one of us he would definitely be there for us," said Quinton Bailey, a Limestone student.

Darko had his first rehabilitation session Wednesday afternoon.

He says his evaluation was promising and his family is looking forward a bright future.