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Teacher tickled pink by community outpouring

To show their support during her treatment for breast cancer, second-graders at St. Thomas More School in Centennial wore pink on Oct. 29, in place of their uniforms, then surprised their beloved teacher Tammy delaCuesta by showering her with gifts.

DelaCuesta received word the first day of school, Aug. 19, that a recent mammogram detected stage one breast cancer. Days later, she had surgery; then early in October she began daily radiation treatments that continued through Nov. 15. During that time, teachers, staff and parents provided meals; and through word of mouth, parents began collecting donations to help support the family of four during her treatment.

“The response was amazing,” said school parent Christy Hubka. “A true example of how with everyone coming together, to pitch in a little, we could do something that really made a difference.”

Donned in a variety of pink tops, the school community surprised delaCuesta by presenting her with “goodies:” three housecleanings, $1,100 cash, a family photo session and portrait, a prayer paper weight, and pampering items such as chocolate, wine and bath products.

“The kids had so much fun and it was wonderful to brighten her day as she does every day for so many,” Hubka said.

“What a surprise it was!” delaCuesta said. “This is such a great community and I am so blessed to be a part of it.”

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