School comes together to support student and principal battling cancer

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An 11-year-old girl and her school principal are both battling cancer. But they’re not alone in their fight; they have a huge support system.

It’s the match-up of the year at St. Andrew the Apostle: Team Royals vs. Team Ella.

Which really means it’s the battle between 8th graders and teachers. Bragging rights were on the line for the rest of the year.

“It’s always a competition. We harass the 8th graders, tell them we’re going to beat them. They’re probably going to beat us but we always believe,” said principal Rebecca Sachen.

It’s more than just a game for the teachers. They’ve taken on Ella McNeil as their mascot. Ella was diagnosed with cancer in October.

“It’s really cool. I couldn’t do it without them,” she said of the school support.

This news came a week after principal Rebecca Sachen’s own cancer diagnosis.

“There were three of us. There was a team of us. We just lost our seminarian, Wesley McKeller to brain cancer and myself and Ella,” said Sachen.

That’s why the school has rallied together to support those who need it the most.

“For her to feel like she still has a home here, everyone still loves her and cares for her. It’s a big deal to her,” says dad Luke McNeil.

“She’d rather be at school than anywhere,” adds Amy McNeil about her daughter.

This game is for Ella and for everyone fighting the same battle.

In case you were wondering, the 8th graders won in the third game.