Before David and Megan Green’s daughter, Kinsley, reached her first birthday, three devastating words turned their lives upside down: acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
“On Saturday, October 20th, we were at my sister’s engagement party and by Monday we were in the ER being told, ‘You don’t want to know what I’m thinking’ and ‘We are so sorry, but we believe your daughter has cancer,'” Megan recalled. It was all the Alabama parents could do to not to fall apart completely.
The next few months consisted of days, nights, and holidays spent in a Birmingham hospital, where Kinsley turned a year old and underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy. The hospital is nearly 100 miles from their home, so Megan had to quit her job to be with Kinsley full time. David regularly drives three hours to visit Kinsley. But in March, he ran out of sick leave at work.
David is a history teacher and football coach at Mae Jemison High School, but more importantly, he’s a loving father who needs to be there for his little girl. So Megan put out a call for help on Facebook, asking for Alabama teachers who could had sick days left to consider donating them to help their family. She never anticipated the incredible response that followed.
Teachers from different schools around Huntsville rallied around the family, donating a combined 100 sick days to David. Even Wilma DeYampert, assistant principal at Lakewood Elementary who is also battling breast cancer, donated two days.
“I could not imagine having a child and being away from the child,” Wilma said. “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.'”
Blessed is the perfect word to describe how the Greens are currently feeling. Thanks to the generosity of the teachers and faculty who answered Megan’s call, David can now help his 16-month-old through her fight with childhood cancer. That gift is absolutely priceless.
“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 said. “It is a huge blessing and we can’t wait until we are in the position to give back and help others.”
Sweet Kinsley still has a few months left of inpatient treatment and after that, she’ll continue treatment for the next two years. Let’s all keep this tough little girl in our thoughts and prayers as she kicks cancer’s behind!
In the meantime, David, Megan, and Kinsley still need all the support they can get. Please consider donating to their GoFundMe page, purchasing something on their Amazon wishlist, and sharing this story to spread the word.
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