David Green, a history teacher in a high school, ran out of sick days to be with his 16-month-old daughter as she battles cancer.
His daughter Kinsley, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia six months ago. She has to travel 100 miles away to receive treatment.
Being this far from home requires David to be with his daughter as she receives life-saving treatment.
However, the history teacher from Mae Jamison High School used up all of his sick days.
Teachers donate 110 sick days to a colleague so he can be with his 1-year old daughter battling cancer
— Gregg Lagerquist (@GreggWGME) May 13, 2019
In a heartwarming gesture, teachers from the Alabama school came together to help. They donated their sick days so that David could be with his daughter.
Altogether, they donated 100 days!
“We were blown away with the response that we received with the sick days. We were hoping to get a couple days so he could be here once a week,” Megan Green, Kinsley’s mom, told CNN.
“It is a huge blessing and we can’t wait until we are in the position to give back and help others.”
A teacher ran out of sick days to stay with his cancer-stricken daughter, so fellow educators chipped in with their sick days — adding up to 100 days https://t.co/mSRLLOwbVv pic.twitter.com/xOhfKLQ8JS
— CNN (@CNN) April 25, 2019
Baby Kinsley still has another three to four months left of inpatient treatment, but will remain in treatment for the next two years.
— Melissa Butler (@AngelinaShy) April 26, 2019
David, like most teachers in the United States, only gets one sick day a month—however he needed 40. So, his wife took to Facebook to try and raise awareness of their situation in the hope that others would help.
An assistant principal at Lakewood Elementary, Wilma DeYampert, donated two sick days to the Greens, even while suffering from breast cancer herself.
“I could not imagine having a child and being away from the child,” Wilma told CNN. “So, I just thought it was the right thing to do. My mom always said, ‘You don’t have to be rich to bless someone.'”
Another school also chipped in to help. Goldsmith Schiffman Elementary donated sick days to David too, which shows just what can happen when people come together.
“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 first-grade teacher, told CNN affiliate WHNT.