BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Some Bell County teachers are rallying together to help a fellow teacher with cancer.
Teachers say former Page School Center teacher Alesha Goodlett is undergoing treatment in Boston.
Her friends here at home are planning fundraiser events to help her and her children.
Friends say Goodlett dedicated her life to teaching children and raising her own two young children.
"That's her main focus is to raise her children. She wants to see them grow up," said Edwina Eldridge, teacher and friend of Goodlett.
Friends say life is a struggle now for Goodlett. They say she has a rare form of stomach cancer. She is in a Boston hospital undergoing a trial form of treatment.
"It's heartwrenching. I cry most of the time when I read her posts," said Eldridge.
Goodlett will be in Boston the rest of the month.
"It's tough, and every time I read her posts on Facebook, she is so encouraging. She just talks like, I am going to be healed," said Eldridge.
The Bell County teachers and others in the community are planning fundraisers to help with Goodlett's medical expenses and buy her children Christmas gifts.
"We're wanting to help because Alesha has made a big impact on this area. She's been a teacher and she's taken care of a lot of children, and it really shows in the love and support that's been shown back to her," said Brian O'Brien who is helping to organize a singing benefit.
"This is going to help them tremendously during the Christmas season," said Eldridge.
They hope the fundraisers will also bring some holiday cheer to Goodlett and her children while they are away.
The main fundraiser is a benefit singing on December 20th at the Middlesboro Armory starting at 6:00pm. Jimmy Rose plans to perform. Tickets will be five dollars at the door.
Eldridge also says people can send Goodlett cards while she is in Boston.
The address is:
175 Blossom St. #608
Boston, MA 02114