Rock Hill school raises nearly $ 3,000 for single mother of 5 battling cancer
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ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) – We can all have a personal relationship with someone who has or has battled cancer.
People with the disease are often bombarded with medical bills which can add up over time. It’s the story of a single mother of five right here in the Rock Hill area.
In May of this year, she was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer. The cancer has spread from his colon to his lungs.
She says she even has a blood clot in her lungs right now from cancer. However, mum still smiles and today she had a reason to smile even bigger because students at a local high school gave her a huge surprise.
On Friday, enthusiastic whispers from Legion Collegiate Academy students filled the gymnasium.
“We had an assembly. We usually have it every Friday, ”said Liam Graham, a senior.
This assembly, however, was different. The students spent the month of November raising funds for this woman, Lattressy Barber. It was all part of No Shave November.
“It was depressing and I tried to rebuild and stay strong,” Barber said. “Knowing that you have stage four, everyone always thinks of death when they hear stage four.”
Lance Roberts, a character class teacher at the school who organized this, met Barber through the Levine Cancer Center. He says he once went to the Rock Hill Center looking for someone to bless the gift that would eventually arrive. He was unlucky, until he spoke to a receptionist.
The receptionist led him to someone who asked the nurses who would be the best person for a gift like this. After giving it a lot of thought, they came up with a name.
“I really wanted this to go to someone who lived in this community,” said Roberts. “They talked to the nurses and they said we had the perfect person. And that’s how I met Latressy.
He told the students that whoever donated the most money would be able to shave his beard. So one by one as their names were called out, they lined up and got down to work. Six students in total had the honor of shaving Roberts’ beard. He was glad to see him go.
“Honestly, I wasn’t worried at all. I really wasn’t. It was a great group of kids who represented all of the top donors, ”he said.
Graham was one of those students who donated $ 85 of his own money to the cause. He earns money helping a business with Christmas decorations during the holiday season.
“I’m just a kid in high school, I don’t spend it on anything I really need, so it’s great to be able to give it to someone who needs the money,” said Graham said.
Then it was time for the big reveal. A big check for almost $ 3,000 for Barber and his family. Barber was overcome with emotion knowing that she will be able to buy Christmas presents for her five children this year.
“Today, when I heard the cheers, it was as if I had forgotten that I even had cancer. I was like, ‘Is this for me, is this for me?’ Said Barber.
As the assembly concluded and the students took a moment of silence to remember those who have battled cancer or have passed away, tears fell. Mariah Carey’s song “Hero” played over the speakers as students and teachers hugged each other. For Barber, all she saw was the hope of the hundreds of students behind her.
“I couldn’t stop crying. I was just like thanks. Thank you. Hearing so many of them cheering me on and getting that strength from someone else… I love it, ”she said.
Roberts says it’s great to see his students use what they’re learning here in his classroom and disseminate it to the world.
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