No person is ever prepared to hear about a possible life-threatening disease like Leukemia, but when that diagnosis is for a teenager, it is even more devastating. Oak Lawn Community High School senior bowler Lena Rayas is in this exact situation as she is battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. And on May 3, the baseball program is dedicating its South Suburban Conference game against Tinley Park to help support Rayas in her fight against this awful disease.
Rayas will be in chemotherapy treatment for 2 years, 3 months, with the first 9 months as aggressive chemotherapy, and she has already had one blood transfusion for anemia. Although the disease has caused physical distress to Lena, the early results of bone marrow testing are showing progress.
The baseball team will sell jerseys for the occasion with all proceeds benefitting the Rayas family. Jerseys are $20 each and are on sale through the baseball program or by emailing head baseball coach William Gerny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the past few years, the baseball program has dedicated games to Tommy Clifton (son of baseball coach Brian Clifton), Connor Lowry (nephew of OLCHS English teacher Jenn Jepsen), Tim Sidlow (Former English teacher at OLCHS), and Kenadie and Declan Haubenreiser (niece and nephew of OLCHS teacher Janet Meyers).