Updated: 6:59 PM EDT Sep 24, 2020
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. —Inside Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary School on Thursday you’d find an array of hats being worn.
A Spartanburg County Elementary School is showing support for children with cancer including their classmate. Inside Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary School on Thursday you’d find an array of hats being worn.
“To help and support other children who are going through some of the hardest battles of their life,” said Erica Teal, communications coordinator for Children Cancer Partners of the Carolinas.
Students could wear the hats for $1. The money goes to the Children Cancer Partners of the Carolinas.
“(Carolina Cancer Partners of the Carolinas) Offers financial support for families transportation, lodging, and food for them (cancer patients) to their treatment,” said Teal.
Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary understands the impact of cancer right now. Fourth grader Ava Woodard received a difficult diagnosis in July. Her father, Jeffrey Woodard, says the cancer is known as DIPG.
“Located on the brain stem and it’s very hard to treat, it’s inoperable due to its location,” said Jeffrey Woodard.
So Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary is stepping up and showing support to Ava Woodard by wearing T-shirts and selling bracelets, and stickers.
“Ava is our sunshine,” Sarabeth Bennett, Ava Woodard’s fourth grade teacher, said. “She brings light and energy to our class. She is joyful. She fills our class with energy when she comes.”
Ava Woodard joined her class through a virtual call Thursday. The class was thrilled to see her.
“Happy because she hasn’t been here and we always cheer her on,” said John Luke Dunning, Ava Woodard’s classmate.
Ava’s Woodard’s family says they are currently trying to get her into a clinical trial.
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