2017-12-06 / Front Page

Schools, businesses don crazy socks to support student with brain cancer

by Kate Evans


The Berkeley Springs High School girls’ basketball team showed their support of intermediate school student Rylee Jude Bradds' fight against brain cancer and got other teams to join them in wearing crazy socks at Friday’s tournament. photo by Betsy Banks The Berkeley Springs High School girls’ basketball team showed their support of intermediate school student Rylee Jude Bradds' fight against brain cancer and got other teams to join them in wearing crazy socks at Friday’s tournament. photo by Betsy Banks A December 1 Warm Springs Intermediate School fundraiser to support intermediate school third grader Rylee Jude Bradds’ fight against brain cancer spiraled into a community-wide undertaking through the efforts of some Berkeley Springs High School students.

Employees at 35 local businesses, many students at the intermediate school, Berkeley Springs High School and Warm Springs Middle School and other community members wore their wildest-looking socks last Friday to cheer Rylee on in his battle and made a dollar contribution to help the family.

At Friday night’s Reed’s Tip-Off tournament, members of all four participating girls’ basketball teams -- Berkeley Springs High School, St. James School, Washington High School and Frankfort High School -- donned crazy socks and made contributions to help Rylee, said intermediate school nurse Gina Mellott.


Warm Springs Intermediate School third grade classmates of Rylee Jude Bradds and some Berkeley Springs High School students are seen wearing their craziest socks last Friday to support Rylee’s fight against brain cancer. Pictured in back are Principal Dudley Cable, Rylee’s teacher Rose Betcher and nurse Gina Mellott, who spearheaded the school’s “Let’s Sock It to Cancer” fundraiser. photo by Angie Hott Warm Springs Intermediate School third grade classmates of Rylee Jude Bradds and some Berkeley Springs High School students are seen wearing their craziest socks last Friday to support Rylee’s fight against brain cancer. Pictured in back are Principal Dudley Cable, Rylee’s teacher Rose Betcher and nurse Gina Mellott, who spearheaded the school’s “Let’s Sock It to Cancer” fundraiser. photo by Angie Hott Mellott spearheaded the intermediate school’s December 1 “Let’s Sock It to Cancer” fundraiser. Students wore their craziest socks and donated a dollar toward Rylee and his family’s medical, travel and associated expenses as he battles medulloblastoma, a pediatric brain cancer.


Four girls’ basketball teams-Berkeley Springs High School, St. James School, Washington High School and Frankfort High School-that participated in Friday night’s Reed’s Tip-Off Tournament donned crazy socks and made contributions to help Warm Springs Intermediate School third grader Rylee Jude Bradds, center, wearing green hat, and his family with their expenses in Rylee’s battle against brain cancer. photo by Lori Younker Four girls’ basketball teams-Berkeley Springs High School, St. James School, Washington High School and Frankfort High School-that participated in Friday night’s Reed’s Tip-Off Tournament donned crazy socks and made contributions to help Warm Springs Intermediate School third grader Rylee Jude Bradds, center, wearing green hat, and his family with their expenses in Rylee’s battle against brain cancer. photo by Lori Younker Mellott said that Berkeley Springs High School students have lunch with kids at the intermediate school every Friday as part of a Morgan County Partnership program. When the high school students learned about the crazy socks for Rylee fundraiser, they ran with the idea of turning it into a community show of support.

High school students Violet Hott, Mellott’s daughter Kaleah Mellott, Colby Farris and Sophie Didawick were instrumental in making it happen.

Hott approached the Berkeley Springs Rotary Club, which got the businesses involved. Kaleah Mellott contacted the Berkeley Springs High School girls basketball team, Farris put the word out on social media and Didawick picked up donations and helped with other tasks, Mellott said.

Mellott said she originally thought the intermediate school fundraiser might bring in $250, but said mid-Monday afternoon that they’d raised a total of $2,885 because of the high school students' efforts. Several more business donations were still pending.

Mellott said an account has been set up by the school that the family can draw on as needed. Financial contributions for Rylee Jude Bradds and family can be mailed to Warm Springs Intermediate School, 575 Warm Springs Way, Berkeley Springs, WV, 25411, c/o Gina Mellott or school secretary Tammy Unger.

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