Thursday, April 21, 2011
Students, faculty and staff at Maize South High set aside their black and gold school colors this week to wear pink in support of a favorite teacher facing her third battle with breast cancer.
Shelley Poynter is a teacher, coach, wife, mom and breast cancer fighter.
"I was 22 months in remission," Mrs. Poynter said.
Before that, she was 12 years cancer free. She had to begin chemotherapy treatments again two months ago.
"Now we fight it again and kick it again and put it back in remission and normalcy will hopefully come around pretty quick," Mrs. Poynter said.
Mrs. Poynter grew up competing in sports. Lessons she learned battling on ball diamonds have helped her compete in her fight against breast cancer.
"I'm in it for the duration. I'm in it for the fight. I'm in it for the cure," she said.
Mrs. Poynter recently learned about support being carried out in secret by her friend and co-teacher Terry Larson. Pink shirts are being sold in the schools to raise money for the Relay For Life to fight cancer.
"We don't want to see her sick and if we can help in some way it makes us feel better too," Coach Larson said.
Students are proudly wearing the pink shirts at games this week to show support for their teacher.
"The people I'm surrounded with have taken my motto and believed in me and continue to believe in me. They know that it's hard and they know the fight isn't easy but they help me get through it," Mrs. Poynter said.