Kayla Gray, a Merritt teenager, was recently — and suddenly — diagnosed with brain cancer. Now her family is asking the community to rally behind them as they begin the fight.

This Saturday, March 5, a bottle drive and hot dog sale will be held at the Merritt Central Elementary parking lot, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Donations of empties can also be made directly at the bottle depot.

Kayla has already been to the BC Children’s Hospital  in Vancouver for surgery, where a cancerous tumor was removed from her brain.

She is now undergoing some testing to determine if the cancer has spread to her spine. Once she has recovered from the surgery, Kayla will begin six weeks of radiation treatment, followed by chemotherapy.

“Anyone that knows Kayla, loves her,” said her family in a Facebook post. “She is the sweetest daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin, teammate, babysitter, and friend, that anyone could ever ask for and right now, she needs our love and support.”