Teachers in Alabama Donated 100 Sick Days to a Colleague Whose Baby Has Cancer
It's the feel-good story of the week.
David Green, a high school football coach in Huntsville, Alabama, and his wife, Megan Green, put out a public cry for help on March 20th. Their one-year-old daughter, Kinsley Green, had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and was beginning chemotherapy treatment.
While Megan was able to take leave from her job as an elementary school teacher, David was officially out of sick days, so they asked any other teachers in the area if they would be willing to donate some of their own sick days.
"Kinsley is the biggest daddy's girl and needs him to be here as often as he can, so she would be so thankful for any donated days so she can spend time with her Daddy," Megan wrote on Facebook.
The Facebook post received more than 1,000 shares and considerable media attention. Soon, the family was flooded with support from Alabama public school employees. They only asked for about 40 sick days; they received more than 100.
"You know, you want to send words of encouragement, you want to do something to help, but this was a real physical way that we could help him and his family," Anna Kachelman, a teacher at the school where David works, told the local CBS News affiliate.
"The amount of people who have shared days with us is overwhelming," Megan wrote on LoveWhatMatters.com. "We are truly so blessed. David will now be able to be with us as much as we need him while still working and coaching and fulfilling that commitment. We will never be able to thank the people who stepped up to make this possible enough.
The GoFundMe page's goal was to fundraise $25,000 to assist with the family's medical expenses; it's currently raised more than $36,000.
The Greens have also set up a Facebook page called Kinsley Kicks Cancer, where supporters can get updates on the little girl's progress.
As of the most recent post on April 19, Kinsley has finished her last chemo but still has a long, hard road ahead of her, as she will likely require several blood and platelet transfusions. But it's clear she has a ton of supporters rooting for her.
And for more stories on communities rallying together for a child in need, read about the town in Ohio that threw an early Christmas for a terminally ill little boy.
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