Prayer vigil for Riley Mercer brings hundreds to C.B.S.
Teenager second child in his family to be stricken with rare cancer
Several hundred people are taking part in a prayer vigil outside the home of Riley Mercer, 15 in Conception Bay South.
They came by bus, car and foot to the suburban neighbourhood, and carried small lights and candles.
Bundled up in warm clothes, they clutched cups of hot chocolate provided by the Salvation Army and sang hymns.
In recent months, Mercer's condition has worsened. He has lost his sight and hearing and is now confined to bed.
Last month, Villa Nova Junior High School in C.B.S. raised more than $14,000 to help support his family while his parents stay by his side.
Parents feeling the strain
Mercer's illness has taken a toll on his parents, Louise and Bernard, who are caring for their second child with cancer.
They said their son needs them so much, the only way they could attend was if the gathering was held outside their house.
"She really feels like she needs [this] now," said Carla Crotty, a friend of the Mercer family.
The vigil has been organized by the Long Pond Salvation Army, two local schools, and friends of the Mercer family. The RNC has been providing traffic enforcement services in the area.