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Thursday, May. 28 | By Hannah Dellinger
Kaleb Leigh and his family enjoying a surprise concert at his school earlier today.
Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
Ritchie Elementary School fourth grader Kaleb Leigh was diagnosed with leukemia four years ago.

After two long years in and out of hospitals, chemotherapy and spinal taps, he was declared cancer-free. Less than a year later, the 10-year-old started having pain unexplained fever. The doctors told him that the cancer came back.

While Kaleb was in the hospital he wrote a blog post about his feelings on caringbridge.org.

Kaleb’s aunt, Morgan Leigh Garner, who also happens to be a Nashville singer-songwriter, was so moved by the post that she decided to turn it into a song.

Garner and her band mate, Courtney Dashe, wrote “Praying Helps.” Under their band name, Hadley Park, the two performed the song for the first time today as a surprise at Kaleb’s school.

His grandfather and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Richard Leigh, who wrote “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” recorded by Crystal Gayle, also performed his own song for Kaleb.

All three country singer-songwriters will perform tonight at a benefit for Kaleb at Old Bust Head Brewery in Vint Hill from 8:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Tickets include two drinks and a raffle ticket at $35 each.

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