Updated: Oct 25, 2019
When an Alabama teacher needed more time off work to care for his daughter battling cancer, his coworkers stepped up in a big way.
David Green, history teacher at The Mae Jemison High School, is also a father to a 16-month-old girl named Kinsley who was diagnosed with cancer. Kinsley is receiving treatment 100 miles from home, and obviously needs her father to be with her. But unfortunately David didn't have any more sick days, so his fellow teachers chipped in with their sick days -- it added up to 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 mother, told CNN. "It is a huge blessing and we can't wait until we are in the position to give back and help others."
Kinsley was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia six months ago and has been going through treatment since then. She still has three to four months of inpatient treatment, but will remain in treatment for the next two years.
Green gets one sick day a month and the Green family needed 40 days, so his wife decided to post on Facebook and see whether teachers were willing to help and donate one sick day.
Wilma DeYampert, who is fighting cancer, donated two of her sick days. Wilma DeYampert, an assistant principal at Lakewood Elementary, works in the same school district with Green. She saw the story on Facebook and donated two days. They are the only days she can afford, as 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.'"