Elkin Middle student gets warm sendoff for upcoming surgery

August 7, 2013

Elkin Middle School sent off one of their students in style Monday as he prepares for a special surgery.

The school held a rally Monday afternoon for Bailey Gray, a rising eighth grader who suffers from two major diseases. He found out Friday that a donor became available, leading the family to travel to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for the procedure.

Gray was diagnosed in 2011 with a rare brain disease called Adrenoleukodystrophy, or ADL. In 2012 he received another disease diagnosis, Avascular Necrosis. The disease resulted from a significant loss of blood supply to an area of bone tissue.

Bailey is mainly affected in his knees and femur bone. He is required to use a wheelchair and a walker to move around.

The surgery will be held late Thursday or early Friday to replace diseased bones in his leg and knees. After three weeks in recovery in the Mayo Clinic he will return home and finish his recovery there.

Students, staff and friends from the community gathered Monday gave gifts and cash donations for expenses as they wished Gray good luck in Minnesota. Walmart employees made a banner to honor him and brought gifts for the trip.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott of Elkin donated vouchers for hotel stays as the family travels by car to and from the hospital.

“It was great to see the community gather in support of such a wonderful young man,” Elkin Middle School Principal Pam Colbert said.