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School secretary inspires community working while battling breast cancer

Updated: Feb 15, 2022

A local school secretary was surprised with a school assembly and a check for $500 in support of her battle with breast cancer.

Below is a copy of the report from News Channel 9. See the article on the published website here.

Other Grundy County schools sent pictures of staff dressed in pink in support of Carrie. (Image: Melissa Tipton)

COALMONT, Tenn. — A school secretary in Grundy County is inspiring hundreds as she continues working while battling breast cancer during the pandemic.

On this week's Pay It Forward, Jessica Harthorn surprises her during a school assembly organized just for her.

For more than a decade, Carrie Green has answered the phones, helped parents and teachers, and been the bookkeeper for Coalmont Elementary School.

Sadly, this Spring she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She says it was a life-changing moment, that prompted her to stay motivated and inspired an entire community.

Pink balloons, big banners and posters cover the grounds at Coalmont Elementary School.

It's a day to celebrate a special woman, who has touched so many lives in Grundy County.

"She doesn't give up, and that's what's good," said Principal Melissa Tipton.

Principal Tipton is part of the staff who organized the day to recognize school secretary Carrie Green, a woman who has become a second mom to all the students.

"They all love her. She has an aura about her that the kids are drawn too, and I think it's the caring heart that she has," said Principal Tipton.

Students dressed in pink in support of Carrie. (Image: Melissa Tipton)

No one knows this more, than Carrie's son Damon. His father passed away from cancer a few years ago, now he's supporting his mom through this difficult time.

"It's not easier the second time, but everything is going as planned I guess. It's not good, but it's the best it can be," said Damon.

Carrie's son Damon is helping her get through this difficult time. (Image: WTVC)

Especially he says, with continued support.

Students write her handwritten cards, and staff send notes of encouragement.

As Carrie sat on stage, students walked by sending their love in so many ways.

5th graders dropped off flowers and handwritten notes as Carrie watched on stage with her son. (Image: WTVC)

Her co-worker presented her with a big check made by T-shirt sales, and Principal Tipton also had a surprise of her own.

"On behalf of Newschannel 9 and the McMahan Law Firm, we are glad to present you Pay It Forward Carrie. We love you so much. Look! 1, 2, 3, 4, $500. I love you hun," surprised Principal Tipton.

"I love you," hugged Carrie.

Carries says it's her deep faith and being around the people she loves that keeps her going.

"Just pray a lot. because I know he has been with me from the beginning and will be there to the end," said Carrie.

Every day she says is a gift and to make every moment count.

Do you know someone who deserves $500 for helping others? Nominate them by clicking here!

Above is a copy of the report from News Channel 9. See the article on the published website here.



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