Prayer warriors continue to rally behind 7-year-old Hartselle girl battling brain disease

HARTSELLE, Ala. - A sweet little 7-year-old girl from Hartselle is in the fight of her life.

"We need to storm the gates of Heaven for Kayleigh," said Jennifer Jones. "Let God know that we're here and we're not backing down."

We first introduced you to Kayleigh McClendon this summer. She is battling a disease that affects her brain stem and it is progressing.

Tuesday, hundreds of supporters from throughout Morgan County and beyond came together at the Grady & Margie Long Complex in Hartselle to pray for Kayleigh.

"She's just special," said Jennifer Howell.

Kayleigh has been battling DIPG since May, but she is definitely not alone in her fight.

"I'm convinced that God will heal Kayleigh and I've believed it for a while and it's been on my heart," said Howell, one of the vigil's organizers.

This weekend, the McClendon family got the news that this vicious disease has progressed and Kayleigh's body just cannot keep up. So, in 24 hours time, prayer warriors of all ages rallied around her in a night of worship.

"Ever since Kayleigh was diagnosed with this, our community has come together as far as from football games to softball games to everybody in the community wearing purple any day and every day," said Jones, another organizer.

Kayleigh and her family were even able to watch the vigil from their hospital room in Memphis via Facetime. They were able to witness firsthand the support, the love, the hope and the prayers for their brave little warrior.

To follow Kayleigh's fight, click here or here.