By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on January 15, 2012 1:50 AM
More than 100 Wayne County residents converged on Herman Park Saturday afternoon to hold a vigil for Jake May, an Eastern Wayne High School baseball player who was diagnosed with leukemia Jan. 6.
Jake May, from a Facebook page set up in his honor to connect well-wishers and to offer him and his family support as they battle cancer.
Jenna May, left, Jake's cousin, wipes tears from her eyes as she, Jake's grandmother, Mary Lou, and aunt, Donna, wait for the vigil to begin. The Mays said they have been to Duke to visit Jake and that, although he has "his moments," he has been in fairly good spirits since being diagnosed with cancer -- thanks, in large part, to the friends, family members and perfect strangers who have rallied behind him.
Nolan James signs a card for Jake Thursday evening at Eastern Wayne. The card, and hundreds of dollars that were collected that night, were driven to Duke Hospital Friday and given to the young man and his parents.
Her head bowed and eyes closed, Mary Lou May spent several moments in quiet reflection -- calling on a higher power to heal her grandson, Jake. But when one of the hundred-plus people who came together at Herman Park Saturday...
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