Going through cancer is tough on everyone involved, in particular the person who is suffering from the illness. When the disease reaches the terminal phase, the sick person is most concerned about making sure their loved ones will be taken care of when they are gone. Rarely are they thinking about the well-being of people that they do not know and will never meet.
This is not the case for elementary school teacher Tammy Waddell.
“A teacher to the end”
Her wish was granted, and her family members posted some incredible photos from the service with the stage and aisle lined with full-to-bursting backpacks. Lined up outside the service where many of the teachers that Tammy had spent her career working alongside, each with a full backpack of their own. Tammy’s cousin referred to them on twitter as “honorary pallbearers”. (1)
A true angel on earth.
To say that she was dedicated to her students is an understatement: Tammy was a National Board Certified teacher and Forsyth County Teacher of the Year in 2003. (2)
Having taught at three different schools in the region, she was known as a selfless teacher who was always there to support her colleagues and her students alike. (2)
She was also a volunteer firefighter with the Forsyth County Volunteer Fire Department Four Ladies Auxiliary (2)
A legacy that will love on.
Those backpacks will provide underprivileged children with the supplies they need to go to school, ultimately helping to end the cycle of poverty and allow them to fulfill their potential as successful adults.
For those who were not able to attend the service or donate a backpack, the family asked for them to make a donation to Project Connect at Forsyth Central Highschool.
If you would like to make a donation, use the information below:
c/o Forsyth Central High School
131 Almon C. Hill Drive
Cumming, GA 30040
Let’s help Tammy’s legacy of love and compassion live on!