Students rallying around principal battling cancer
Last month, a principal in South Burlington, Vermont named Patrick Burke was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Luckily this particular form of cancer is treatable, and he's been getting A LOT of support from his students throughout his plight.
Patrick has been the principal at South Burlington High School for 12 years and is much respected among his students. When they heard he was going through chemo, the entire student body wanted to do something to support him.
First they made a video lip synching to the Pharrell Williams song “Happy,” where they danced through the school, holding up "get well" signs.
Then they designated this past Tuesday "Bald for Burke Day," where about 30 students and faculty had their HEADS SHAVED in the school's auditorium. As a result, the students raised $2,500 for the American Cancer Society!
That morning, Patrick was getting his second round of chemo, and sent out several tweets thanking them for planning it. Then he showed up to have HIS head shaved, and to promise his students he's going to BEAT the disease.
- Kelly Urich