The teaching community has banded together to help a dad take time off his job to be with his young girl as she fights cancer in hospital.
Kinsley, 1, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in October last year after she developed a petechial rash and her parents took her to hospital.
Since her diagnosis, the young cancer patient has received aggressive treatments – including surgery, spinal taps and intensive chemotherapy.
While Kinsley’s mother Megan Green took temporary leave from her job as a primary school teacher, her husband, David, has been driving back and forth from Huntsville, Alabama, in the US, to the hospital in Birmingham – more than a three-hour round trip.
Mr Green has exhausted his sick leave, so his wife was pleaded with other public school educators to donate their extra sick days to the football coach, allowing him to spend more time with his daughter as she faces the long road ahead with treatment.
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“David is officially out of sick days at work,” Mrs Green wrote on her Facebook page along with a photo of the father-daughter duo.
“Kinsley is the biggest daddy’s girl and needs him to be here as often as he can, so she would be so thankful for any donated days so she can spend time with her daddy.”
According to state laws, Alabama public school employees may voluntarily join a sick leave bank to obtain additional sick leave days to “avoid loss of compensation due to a catastrophic illness or injury”.
The laws also allow for members of the sick leave bank program to donate their extra days to fellow members.
Now, countless teachers across the state are offering up their unused sick days to the high school football coach.
The mum’s plea to fellow teachers has since gone viral.
The gesture comes after a Florida school teacher who ran out of paid sick days battling cancer was given a generous helping hand by educators who sacrificed their own leave entitlements to cover his time off for treatment.
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