A beloved science teacher was in need of help. In April - just a month before the school year was over - Mrs. Erin Anderson had to take a leave of absence.
Her 2-year-old daughter, Haven, was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma. The medical treatment for Haven costs thousands of dollars every week.
The entire school started raising money for Anderson through pancake socials, hat-day fundraisers and an event called "Shavin' for Haven."
"We're a family here at Chaparral, and if a family member is in trouble, we are going to help," Victor Holbert, one of Mrs. Anderson's students, said.
"It's just an assembly to show her that we are behind her and support her," Spencer, another one of Mrs. Anderson's students, said.
Students raised money to see their teachers shave their heads. After only weeks of fundraising, faculty presented Mrs. Anderson with a check for $22,000.
"I just can't say thank you enough. I love you all, and I appreciate your support of Haven. I know with your prayers, good things are going to happen," Mrs. Anderson said.
In all, 22 teachers shaved their heads, and four of them will be bald for a lot longer than the rest. Four female teachers were among those that raised money and volunteered to get their head shaved as well, including Mrs. Anderson. To add to the problems, Mrs. Anderson's husband just lost his job last week.
Haven just went in for her second round of chemotherapy. Doctors hope they can do a bone-marrow transplant on Haven in June.
For more information about Haven or to donate click on the link: http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?url=ihearthavenbelle&fundraiser_id=2955
UPDATE: On Saturday June 2, we are holding a Zumba Dance Party: Help for Haven! The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, on the Goddard School of Highlands Ranch playground. For a donation minimum of $10 per person, we are inviting the public to join us and enjoy a great workout for a great cause.
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