Community rallies around local teacher diagnosed with cancer

Posted at 3:36 PM, Aug 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-06 17:03:15-04

Three hundred and fifty-two people participated in a one-mile or 5K run to raise money for a Midway High School biology teacher and men’s head soccer coach on Saturday morning.

Patrick Posey has worked for Midway ISD for 15 years. At the end of the school year, Posey was diagnosed with a Grade IV Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, after he started getting headaches.

He’s been going through treatment to fight cancer.

“I've gone through my 6 weeks of chemotherapy and radiation and I had my second MRI [on Friday],” Posey said.

When Candace Hammond heard about his diagnosis, she immediately started thinking about how she could help. She helped organize the Posey’s Grey Matters 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk.

“He gives so much time to our boys to the kids in the school day and he needed to know that we would give back to him. So that's what this is about,” Hammond said. “All here to support him, all out here for him and his family.”

The Posey family said the support from their community has been incredibly helpful for them during this time.

“People have just come out of the woodwork and helped us and supported us through this whole, this journey. That's what I'm calling it right now. It's a journey,” Posey said. “It's just something we're going to attack full force.”

Former soccer players and students were at the run on Saturday to show their support, too.

“Coach is just a real cool calm, collected guy. On the field, he's a coach. Off the field he's just another male figure we can look up to,” Zachary Hammond, a former Midway High School soccer player, said.

At the end of the run on Saturday, the community presented the family with $11,387.

“It shows how much you’re loved and you don’t know how much you're loved until something tragic happens,” Susan Posey, Patrick’s wife, said.

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