Co-workers donate 154 sick days to teacher with cancer

Sixth-grade teacher Carol Clark battling breast cancer


Teachers at an elementary school in California are showing their compassion, donating 154 sick days to a colleague with cancer.

Carol Clark teaches sixth grade at Escalante Elementary School in Cudahy. Last year, she missed all but two months of the school year battling breast cancer, Los Angeles TV station KABC reported.

"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," she said.

Clark had to use her vacation time, plus the 120 days of sick leave she had accrued during her 17-year career.

At the end of last school year, she realized she was out of sick days and too ill to return.

That's when Clark's co-workers stepped in, donating 154 sick days through a donation program run by the school district, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Now she has enough to recover the pay she lost and to use for additional surgeries in the months ahead.

"Just to give a day is just wonderful. And then for them to even say, 'I'm going to give more to Carol,' it just shows the heart of people and the generosity," teacher Raquel Prado said.

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