Teachers donate 100 sick days to colleague so he could be with 16-month-old daughter during her cancer treatment
David Green, a history teacher at the Mae Jemison High School in Huntsville, Alabama and the father of a 16-month-old cancer-stricken child, was out of leave as he had spent it all staying at home with his little daughter Kinsley
A history teacher at a school in Alabama was pleasantly surprised after his colleagues donated 100 days leave to him so he could spend more time with his cancer-stricken daughter.
David Green, a history teacher at the Mae Jemison High School in Huntsville, Alabama — who is the father of a 16-month-old cancer-stricken child — was out of leave as he had spent it all staying at home with his little daughter Kinsley.
When his colleagues found out that he would no longer be able to stay home with his daughter, they pooled in their sick days together and added it up to 100 and donated them to him.
"We were blown away with the response that we received with the sick days," Kinsley's mother, Megan Green, said. "We were hoping to get a couple of days so he could be here once a week. It is a huge blessing and we can't wait until we are in the position to give back and help others," she told CNN. Kinsley is getting her treatment some 100 miles away from home and she needs her father to be there whenever he can.
The little girl was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia six months ago and has been undergoing treatment since then. Reports state that the 16-month-old still has three to four months of inpatient treatment, however, she will continue to remain in treatment for the next two years.
David gets one sick day per month, however, his family needed at least 40 days for their daughter's care. It was then when Megan took to Facebook to write about the assistance they required and to see whether the teachers at the school would be willing to help and donate one sick day.
An assistant principal at Lakewood Elementary, Wilma DeYampert, who works in the same school district as Green, saw the story and donated two of her sick days to David. She said that these are the only days she could afford because she was diagnosed with breast cancer in February.
"I could not imagine having a child and being away from the child," DeYampert 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.'"
Teachers from the Goldsmith Schiffman Elementary, which is also in the same school district, also came together to help David. "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," a first-grade teacher, Anna Kachelman, told CNN affiliate WHNT.
Most teachers in the United States get one sick day per month and a lack of paid leave renders them helpless when it comes to taking time off for their personal sickness or even the birth of a child.