‘No Bobcat fights alone’: School staff holds fundraiser for two faculty members diagnosed with cancer

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 6:27 PM EDT
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BETSY LAYNE, Ky. (WYMT) - At Betsy Layne Elementary in Floyd County, the faculty and staff also considers themselves a family. So, after two staff members were diagnosed with cancer, the entire “Bobcat Family” knew what they should do.

“When these two ladies were diagnosed with cancer, we knew that- as part of the family- we needed to do something to show our love and support for them,” said Betsy Layne Elementary Assistant Principal Andrea Humphries. “Any little thing we can do for them to show them our support, we’re going to do. And we’re going to continue doing.”

The faculty and staff of Betsy Layne Elementary came together and thought of a plan to help out their colleagues. Eventually, they thought of the idea to sell t-shirts. Not only to help the two out financially, but to show them that they are not in this alone.

“I’m very hopeful I will be a survivor,” said librarian Margie Blackburn, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. “Part of the hope that I have has been fueled by the love and support I’ve received from everyone here at Betsy Layne Elementary.”

The T-shirts read “No Bobcat Fights Alone” and all of the proceeds from the sales go directly to Margie and Susan, but it’s about more than money. According to the two staff members, it’s all about the support they have seen from their fellow faculty members, community, and the kids they teach that drive them to fight their battles every day.

“They really are like a family here,” said teacher Susan Greene, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I didn’t know how much until this. I didn’t know how wonderful they were. Of course, I knew they were wonderful and I love working here, but just knowing how much they care, and how much they’re willing to help, has been amazing.”

If you are interested in supporting the fundraiser, pre-orders for shirts are being accepted through June 16.

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