ECE Students Help Support Classmate with Leukemia


In October of this school year, one of my Early Childhood Students was diagnosed with pre-leukemia; her name was Vanessa. This was difficult new for myself and all of my students, however without missing a beat, my students wanted to know how they could help. They started putting together fundraisers to support the family. On their own time they did a car wash and a volleyball tournament to raise money for the family. Students designed a t-shirt and M&J Trophies donated over 270 shirts to the family. My Early Childhood students even helped organize and event called “Be the Match” to get people tested to be on a bone marrow registry. Students worked closely with the family, and were in constant contact with Vanessa. In November we found out that the pre-leukemia had become leukemia. In December, the doctors told her that there was nothing else that they could do for her. On January 15th, students said good-bye, to our princess warrior. To spread awareness about leukemia and other blood-related diseases, students took their message to the Educator’s Rising State competition where they took first place in the service competition. As their advisor I could not be more proud of this group of students for their outward willingness to step up and help each other. Vanessa’s passion for life will always live on through these students.