The absence of Geraldine Phillips has been hard on everyone at Burning Springs Elementary but it has been extremely hard on two school employees, Phillips' daughters.
"It is called polymorphous low grade carcinoma, it is a form of oral cancer." says Phillips' daughter Brandi Bray.
"It has been hard, I worked here for four years and I work in the office as an instructional assistant so I see her all the time during the day." adds daughter, Kristi Grubb.
But thanks to two Burning Springs parents the family won’t be walking the road to recovery alone.
"We knew it would be a long healing process and wanted to help out with traveling expenses and medical bills and stuff like that." says organizer, Roxanne Gray.
That help comes in the form of a beauty pageant. The "Think Pink" benefit pageant will be held on February 26 at he Burning Springs gymnasium. All proceeds will go to Principal Phillips.
"We are hoping for a big turnout and so far it has been a pretty big success and we are going to have several turnout." says organizer, Nickie King.
And it is that outpouring of support that shows the family just how strong a community can be.
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