Teachers Donate Personal Days To Help Co-Worker Fighting Cancer

Teachers at a California elementary school are donating their personal sick days to help a fellow teacher who is fighting breast cancer and running short on medical days.

Carol Clark is a sixth grade teacher at Jaime Escalante Elementary School in Cudahy and missed all but two months of last year’s school year due to breast cancer.

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“I started out with the cancer, and then the chemotherapy, and then things got really good and I thought, ‘OK, I beat it, I’m good.’ And then things went downhill again,” said Carol.

As a result, Carol had to use her vacation days, plus 120 sick days she had accrued during her 17 years with LAUSD for doctor appointments, chemotherapy and surgeries. But at the end of last year she was out of sick days and still too sick to return to the classroom.

“I lost pay, I lost my medical benefits, I lost all that stuff.”

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Carol Clark, a sixth-grade teacher at a Cudahy school, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. After she used all of her sick leave and vacation days, fellow teachers donated more than 150 of their own sick days to her during her recovery. (Credit: Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times)

Using a plan called the Catastrophic Illness Donation Program, co-workers started donating their sick days. Some people donated without ever meeting Carol.

Source: sunnyskys via Lucy Taylor


 

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