Teachers donate sick days to coach with baby battling cancer

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Teachers in Alabama have banded together to help a high school football coach take time off be be with his young daughter and she fights cancer. 

The 1-year-old girl, Kinsley Green, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia last fall after she developed a petechial rash and her parents took her to hospital, Yahoo reports. 

Since her diagnosis, the child has received aggressive treatments including surgery, spinal taps and intensive chemotherapy.

While Kinsley’s mother, Megan, took temporary leave from her job as a primary school teacher, her husband, David, has been driving back and forth from Huntsville to the hospital in Birmingham, more than a three-hour round trip.

David had exhausted his sick leave, so his wife was pleaded with other public school educators to donate their extra sick days to the football coach.

“David is officially out of sick days at work,” Mrs Green wrote on her Facebook page. “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.”

Teachers and administrators throughout their district have donated more than 100 sick days to David. 

Alabama law allows public school employees to voluntarily join a sick leave bank to obtain additional sick leave days to “avoid loss of compensation due to a catastrophic illness or injury”.

There is also a GoFundMe page to help the family. 

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