Facebook followers are getting out the big guns to support a little girl diagnosed with cancer.
Seven-year-old Abby Usher, of the Calhoun County community of Wellborn, was diagnosed last week with leukemia. She had been tested a few times after showing symptoms of strep throat but a bone marrow test at Children's Hospital in Birmingham confirmed it was leukemia.
Her father, Jeff Usher, says the family only told a few people. But one relative got in touch with the Anniston Police Department and requested some encouragement.
First, the department's investigative division all flexed their muscles for Abby, then they challenged the department's other divisions and shifts to do the same. Ultimately they received photos from police departments in Heflin and Clanton, from the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, and from the public information officer of the Mobile Police Department.
"I don't know that any parent could prepare themselves for hearing that kind of news," Jeff Usher told us, "and then to see your community respond like that, and then it went even further then that."
It didn't end there, either. Numerous Little League baseball teams, as well as softball and t-ball teams, followed suit. The Jacksonville State University Lady Gamecocks did an "Abbystrong" photo right after winning the OVC championship. So did teenagers attending the Wellborn High School prom, and even military personnel in Afghanistan and Germany.
The pictures--some of groups, some of individuals--are posted with one or more of the hashtags #teamabby, #abbystrong and/or #strongarmsforabby.
Abby, who didn't feel like talking to us one day after receiving her first chemotherapy treatment, said she was happy to see the pictures.
"We are very grateful for the support from all of the community, the prayer and the well wishes. God's got this," said Abby's mother, Allison Usher.
You can view more "Abby Strong" photos on the Anniston Police Department's Facebook page.
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