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Twin Lakes High School students band together to help teacher diagnosed with cancer

A local teen in White County took it upon himself to extend a helping hand to his teacher who was diagnosed with cancer. With the help of his classmates they've raised thousands of dollars.

Posted: Oct 13, 2020 5:31 AM
Updated: Oct 13, 2020 10:06 AM

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—Students said Mrs. Anissa Need has done a lot at Twin Lakes High School in Monticello.
She holds a legacy that's lasted sixteen years as an educator and coach for girls tennis and volleyball. Now she's facing a life changing battle.

"I never expected someone so pure to get something like that," said student Jaylen Roush.

Need found out she was diagnosed with breast cancer last Wednesday. Three days later Jaylen Roush felt moved to start a GoFundMe account for her.

"My heart sank because me and Mrs. Need I mean we are not on a personal level but I see her as a good friend she's always been there for me," said Roush. 

With the help of Senior Noah Johnston, along with other students passing out flyers and sharing on social media, word got around quickly and the community came together.

"I mean she's there for all of the kids here and she's just really wonderful around the school and how great of a teacher she is," said Johnston. 

At last check the GoFundMe account was at nearly $9,000, that's in just 4 days and it continues to rise. Students said they created the account to show Mrs. Need that she's not alone and that she has people to lean on through this obstacle.

"She's always made us feel appreciated so we figure we got to pay her back some how and we want her to feel the way she makes us feel.," said Roush. 

For Need's daughter Emma this is support she said was much needed.

"It makes me feel really appreciative that I have a bunch of people to help me," said Need. "Especially with the GoFundMe, that was amazing I didn't know that was going to happen."

Emma said it was very difficult for her family. But she's learned her family extends further than she ever could've imagined.

"I know she'll get through it and I know she'll push to fight it," said Need. 

At Twin Lakes High School in Monticello you'll not only find passionate educators along with smart and intelligent students, you'll find a family.

All of the money raised will go to help Mrs. Need with medical bills. 

Click here to access Mrs. Need's GoFundMe page. 

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