MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (WRIC) — The Roarty family in Chesterfield dealt with a tragedy in January of 2014 when the matriarch, Carrie Roarty, passed away after three separate bouts with cancer. In March, the family got more bad news: three-year-old Lila has leukemia.
Carrie Roarty taught at James River High School before her death, and her husband Chris (Lila’s father) has taught physical education and coached at multiple schools in the Richmond area. Thursday night, the Roarty’s community in Midlothian came together to support the cancer-stricken family.
Midlothian and James River girls’ soccer held a pink-out game at James River High School. The concessions, a raffle, a bake sale, and other fundraisers all encouraged those attending to give to the Roartys, and both schools made donations.
Chris Roarty was could not be there, as Lila needed to stay home after a recent treatment, but he game 8News a statement on behalf of Lila and his son Riley:
“Lila, Riley, our family, and myself want to thank the community for its overwhelming support. We are very thankful to have so many wonderful people in our corner. Your constant encouragement and love will help Lila and our family reach our ultimate goal of defeating this disease.”