Students show support for school nurse diagnosed with breast cancer


by Karen Hopkins, 13News

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 25 at 5:41 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH - Students at a Virginia Beach elementary school are taking a stand against breast cancer and supporting one of their nurses.

Today is the last day that Jill Teetor will be at Christopher Farms Elementary because she'll undergo surgery on Wednesday.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer in February.

“Last spring, she was going through chemo, so on Tuesday’s we would wear pink. Even little boys were wearing pink,” Principal Dr. Amy Cashwell said.

Cashwell says the students want to take care of the nurse, who has given them so much love, so teachers and students are dressing up in pink and sending cards..

"I have asthma and nurse Jill had been taking care of me for five years, so I wanted to show her support," said 10-year-old Talon, who wore a pink shirt Tuesday.

9-year-old Maryland made a shirt with her mom. "My mom told me it would mean a lot to nurse Jill."

The youngsters brought tears to Teetor's eyes today.

"I'm not used to this. I'm usually the caretaker," she said.

She says she feels strong from all the love and prayers as she faces a double mastectomy .

“She is a huge part of their everyday life at school. They are very aware of the fact that she is struggling with her own health issue,” Cashwell added.