Alabama Man 'Blown Away' by People's Generosity

David Green can see his daughter thanks to donated sick days
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2019 2:10 PM CDT
Teacher Overwhelmed by Donated Sick Days
David Green with his daughter, Kinsley.   (YouTube)

David Green was out of sick days when he learned just how much his colleagues cared, CNN reports. The Alabama history teacher's daughter, Kinsley, is receiving cancer treatments 100 miles away from their Huntsville home—but he had no more sick days to visit her. So his wife went on Facebook and asked if other teachers would donate one day each. All the Greens needed were 40; little did they know. "I could not imagine having a child and being away from the child," says Wilma DeYampert, an elementary-school assistant principal who has breast cancer. "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.'" DeYampert is undergoing chemo herself but still gave two sick days, per WHNT.

Before the Greens knew it, they had 100 extra days. "We were blown away with the response that we received with the sick days." says Kinsley's mother, Megan Green. "It is a huge blessing and we can't wait until we are in the position to give back and help others." The story highlights American teachers' low pay, which keeps them from dealing with emergencies, and lack of paid leave—usually just one sick day a month. It's also about a 16-month-old daughter's lymphoblastic leukemia diagnosis, which entails months of inpatient treatment and two more years of treatment after that. The Greens have started a GoFundMe page to pay for medical costs and other needs, per People. (Another teacher posted her salary. Then came the Amazon boxes.)

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