LABELLE, Florida (WINK) -- The LaBelle community is banding together to show its
support for a 12-year-old boy in critical condition, fighting a rare and
deadly infection attacking his brain.
Friends say Zachary Reyna
was infected with a brain-eating amoeba while playing in a ditch near
his home. Only three people have ever survived this infection.
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close to the family say Reyna's parents are still hoping for a positive
change in their son. They are still by his side as he fights for his
life at a Miami hospital.
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On Wednesday morning, Southwest Floridians gathered at
a park in the middle of LaBelle to pray, but they aren't the only ones
rallying. Family friends of Zachary Reyna knew the close-knit town
of LaBelle would turn out in support of the 12-year-old, but his story
is now spanning other states and even countries.
Hundreds supported Zachary at the
prayer vigil in the center of town, but organizers say
churches in Jacksonville and Ontario were praying simultaneously. The
family even participated from a Miami hospital through Facetime.
Those who attended say the hardest part is watching Zachary's family and teammates struggle through the uncertainty.
fund has been set up for the family at First Bank, under Zachary's
father's name: "Jesse Reyna Family."
There are locations in LaBelle,
Clewiston and Riverdale. The T-shirts are also on sale at a shop in
LaBelle called Ragin' Graphics. So far, at least $3,000 has been raised.