INGOMAR, Miss. (WTVA) -- The sports community in Northeast Mississippi is a strong bond, especially in the little community of Ingomar. When one Falcon family got news no family wants to hear, the basketball community took no time to be there with an assist.
Ansley Thompson is an 8th grader at Ingomar and a manager for the girls' basketball team. Ansley was preparing to support the Falcons, but prior to the season she told her mom Dee, who works at the school, she wasn't feeling well.
"Like I started out having headaches in the back of my head," Ansley said.
On December 14th, Dee took Ansley to the doctor thinking she may have contracted the virus.
"While we were waiting, I just got sick," Ansley said.
They rushed Ansley to the emergency room.
"They took her in and got a cat scan," Ansley's father, Johnny, said. "When they came out they said she had a mass on her brain."
Doctors moved her to Lebonheur Children’s Clinic for more tests. Back home, Macie Phifer, who plays on the Ingomar varsity team found out her best friend had a brain tumor.
"That game I was just like, I’m going to go out and play for her because right now," Phifer said. "This game is important but I’m playing for so much more then just a win and a game, I’m playing for Ansley now."
A family friend of the Thompsons started the hashtag, "all in for Ansley" and Macie got the team to wear teal bows and socks during games in honor of Ansley, who saw the picture on Facebook.
"I was just like mama, mama, come here now," Ansley said. "She came running and she was just like, 'What? What' and I was just like look at this, look at this."
She's been at home by herself. On Monday, Ingomar cleared the gym, so she could come back and play a little b-ball with Macie.
"She hasn’t been gone for but a few weeks but I feel like she’s been gone for, forever," Phifer said. "She’s such a heartwarming person such a humble, sweet, kind person that it makes a big impact when you don’t have her."
It’s going to be a long road back to the sideline for Ansley, but she’s not alone in the fight, she’s got her family, her team, and her community and they are #AllInForAnsley.