Friends, supporters turn out in droves, plan concert, car wash

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Tregg Peterson found out about his friend Payton Williams’ cancer diagnosis, he and his mother, Stacie, visited the Williams home to do some cleaning. Tregg left Payton’s room stuffed with 72 balloons. “I just wanted him to know that he’s not in this alone and that he’s got a whole lot of people who love him and support him,” Tregg said. The response to Payton’s diagnosis from friends and supporters was immediate and ongoing. A GoFundMe account (www.gofundme.com/d5tptg) is about to crest $6,000. Others have left notes and gift cards on the Williams’ doorstep, some even left donuts. On Friday, Sept. 5, friends and family, led by Stacie, procured and installed a new refrigerator in the Williams home with the help of Kelly’s Home Center. While the diagnosis hit the family hard, Payton’s friends have taken it upon themselves to circle the wagons. “I just want to be a support for him,” said friend Nathan Ganieany. “Even though I knew things were wrong with his back it still came as a shock.” Tregg is making it a personal goal to visit Payton during his chemo treatments in Portland over the coming six months. Some of the school support is also family. Payton’s cousin, Macana Wyatt, along with her brother Brandon and mother Trinisha, ordered wristbands they will be selling around school...

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