School district supports teacher with cancer
FERRIS - Ferris Independent School District is pulling together as a community to support Lucy Mae McDonald Elementary teacher and Ferris graduate DeeAnn Bolin, who was recently diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma.
This past Saturday, Feb. 19, the staff of McDonald Elementary hosted a dinner/dance benefit in Bolin’s honor in the Ferris High School gym. The benefit included dancing, a silent auction, bake sale and other family activities.
"In her [Bolin’s] words, the best part of the benefit was the community support and having people there from all parts of her life: childhood friends, high school friends, college friends, graduate school friends, her family, her boyfriend’s family and her school family," said McDonald principal Marla Laudan.
The McDonald Elementary staff has helped even more than organizing the dinner/dance benefit to help Bolin.
"Her McDonald family collected a love offering to help with initial costs, provides dinners three times a week, provides transportation to treatments and provides support for her and her family," said Laudan.
The rest of FISD is also giving to help Bolin. Ferris students who paid $1 and teachers who paid $5 to support Bolin were able to wear jeans on February 11.
"When people are in need we want to do something to help, and paying to wear jeans was one small way that both faculty and students were able to donate money to help Miss Bolin," Ferris High School teacher Karen Rush said. "Helping others is one way we can show the love of God."
Those outside of the Ferris community are also helping. Chili’s in Ennis is hosting a "Give It Back Night" Tuesday, March 1, from 4 p.m. to closing to benefit Bolin.
Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma is a rare cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the body’s immune system and helps to fight infections. Only one in every 50 cases of lymphoma are this particular kind.
She is a 2003 graduate of Ferris High School. This year is Bolin’s fifth year to teach at McDonald Elementary, and prior to that she was an instructional aide for three years. Bolin is the McDonald campus special education teacher and serves around 20 students each day.