Students at Jemicy Upper School rally around teacher with breast cancer

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Linda Conner was a teacher at the Jemicy School Upper School .  She taught reading comprehension, world history, written expression and publishing.

She was so full of life and energy, a quality students and faculty loved about her.  Students say her love of country music made learning fun.

"She was like a mother to everyone at the school.  She was like my second mother.  She was a mentor.  She taught people to be brave and fight for what they want," said Heather Stroemer, a senior.

50-year-old Linda Conner battled Breast Cancer more than a decade ago and won.  Two years ago, it was back.

Linda took a turn for the worst with stage four Breast Cancer.  It was so bad, she did not return to campus this year.

This hit students very hard.  They formed a group called "Conners Crew" to participate in the Komen Maryland Race for the Cure to help raise awareness and find a cure for Breast Cancer.

Students designed t-shirts, held fundraisers like bake sales to show Ms. Conner how much they care.

"The students have been tremendous knowing a teacher that they cherish, a teacher that they feel very strongly about not being here is very hard for some. They have not only persevered, but have been proactive," said Kevin Permision, an English Teacher.

Linda Conner not only taught students at Jemicy in the classroom, but she also taught them about life.  Her illness proved to be a teachable moment.

Braden Kerwins' mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and he was terrified.  Ms. Conner help put his mind at ease.

"Ms. Conner was very supportive. She told me I would get through this and I have nothing to worry about because my mom loves me and her condition was not as serious as I thought because type 0 since they found it early was curable.  My mom is doing very well now.  I have Ms. Conner to thank for helping me," said Braden Kerwin, a junior.

A sea of pink fills the hallways at Jemicy as students bring awareness to Breast Cancer and Ms. Conner.

A few days ago, Linda lost her battle to Breast Cancer.  Although she is gone, students and teachers say her spirit will always live on at Jemicy.

"No matter what happens in life what you go through. There is constant support for you whether its through your family, friends or  teachers. Every negative gets turned into a positive," said Permision.

Students raised $2,500 to donate to Komen Maryland.  More than 20 students will participate in the Walk and 5k event for the Komen Maryland Race for the Cure on Sunday.


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