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Community working to fulfill local girl's wish

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Family and friends of 14-year-old Mercedes Compton are attempting to fulfill her wish of meeting Ellen Degeneres. Compton is undergoing treatment for Acute Lymphoblast Leukemia. Courtesy Photo.
Even though Mercedes' birthday isn't until August, her family celebrated it Tuesday at her request.

"We're throwing a birthday party (Tuesday)," Mercedes' aunt, Theresa Cooksey, told The Brazil Times. "She wants a Blue Star Cake and in yellow letters, she wants the word, 'Believe.' Her real birthday is not until Aug. 17, but we thought we might as well (celebrate it)."

Mercedes Elaine Compton is a 14-year-old Clay County resident who, on Jan. 29, 2010, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblast Leukemia.

Since the diagnosis, she has had many difficulties, from side effects of medicine and chemotherapy to seizures and brain bleeds. She is currently a patient at the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, Indianapolis, where she has been for close to three months.

Her body has rejected treatment thus far, but according to Theresa, Mercedes has remained strong throughout the ordeal.

Recently, members of the community began a Facebook campaign in order for one of Mercedes' final wishes to come true.

She wants to meet Ellen Degeneres.

According to Theresa, the campaign has gone so well, it has ballooned.

"Somebody checked it earlier," she said, "There's been a lot of (support). I think they said 6,000 (messages) were forwarded and 500 e-mails were written to Ellen.

"It's pretty amazing how our little town is."

The link to the Facebook page is www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?ei....

A friend of Mercedes also provided a Letter to the Editor, which was printed in the Monday, April 25, 2011, issue of The Brazil Times.

The letter described Mercedes and her battle. It also stated she had just days to live.

On Tuesday, Theresa said the family was still waiting on confirmation from an attending nurse at the hospital to help with a referral to the Make A Wish Foundation. Theresa said they were attempting to set up an Internet phone call via Skype.

"She knows we are trying to make her wish come true," Theresa said. "But we haven't gone any further until we know for sure."

Theresa said dog tag necklaces were also made in honor of Mercedes. All sales from the necklaces will go toward Mercedes' treatments.

A necklace costs $5 and may be purchased at Auto-ER, 804 W. National Ave., Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

In addition, cards of encouragement and support may be dropped off at the location. They will be delivered to Mercedes.

Theresa said the current shipment of necklaces was delayed, but will be in soon.

"As soon as I get them, they (sell) pretty well," she said. "I've already sold four dozen."

For now, Theresa said Mercedes is in "good spirits."

"She has her moments," Theresa said. "But for the most part, she knows what is going on. She's got more strength than I could have ever imagined."

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I will continue to pray for you. May God watch over you and heal you Mercedes! And I also pray that you get your wish...to meet Ellen DeGeneres! God bless you!

-- Posted by alittleopinion on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 9:46 PM

Such a strong little girl Mercedes. May God bless you sweetheart. Praying for you and your family.

Tammy Farris


-- Posted by tjfarris on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 9:55 PM

God Bless you and your family Mercedes. You are such a joy and inspiration to so many. The world would be a little darker without your shining light. Keeping you in my prayers always.

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 11:03 PM

Stay strong Mercedes.....so many people love you! May God continue to bless you and your family. May your light continue to shine and never ever stop BELIEVEing!!!!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Apr 27, 2011, at 11:07 AM

Dear Mercedes This journey of yours is difficult for you and your family. You will be in our family prayers. I will also try to get in touch somehow with Ellen. Remember God is with you always. In christian love my family

-- Posted by dismalscientist on Wed, Apr 27, 2011, at 11:17 AM

I hope you get your wish Mercedes.

-- Posted by indianamama on Wed, Apr 27, 2011, at 1:12 PM

Never stop praying , when you don't have the words ask Him to search your heart and hold your hand, I truly believe He does. I am praying for you and your Family.

-- Posted by Soni on Wed, Apr 27, 2011, at 8:03 PM

Sadie was an angel placed on earth and God called her home too soon! She will be missed by anyone who has ever met this most precious little girl, her strength was beyond what most adults could handle...she truly was and is an Angel!!!

-- Posted by laree68 on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 7:52 PM

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