Co-workers donate sick days to teacher fighting breast cancer

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CUDAHY, Calif. -- Teachers at an elementary school in California are showing their compassion by donating personal sick days to help a fellow co-worker who is fighting breast cancer.

Sixth-grade teacher Carol Clark is thrilled to be back in the classroom after missing all but two months of school last year.

Clark had to use her vacation days, plus 120 sick days she had accrued during her 17 years with the school for doctor appointments, chemotherapy and surgeries.

By the end of the year, she was out of sick days and had lost pay and medical benefits.

So, using a little-known L.A. School District plan called Catastrophic Illness Donation Program, her husband Dave Clark rallied co-workers to donate their sick days.

After co-workers, some she didn't even know, donated their time -- Clark accrued 154 sick days. Which was enough for her to recover the pay she lost and bank plenty of sick days for additional surgeries she faces in the coming months.

The overwhelming generosity has left Clark and her husband emotional and speechless.

"It's indescribable," Clark  said.

Source: KABC

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