Jefferson Co. community rallies around teacher with terminal cancer

Dawn Hassbaum. Credit: KMOV

For members of a school community in House Springs, betting on the Super Bowl on Sunday is more than just about the game.

Students and staff at Cedar Springs Elementary are working to support a teacher who has made a very difficult decision.

Long-time teacher Dawn Hassbaum stopped working in early January after learning bad news about her five-year cancer fight.

“Last March, I thought I was in the clear. I later learned it has spread and was incurable,” said Hassbaum.

After years of harsh treatment, Dawn and her family made a difficult decision.

“At this point, options are not very good, so my family and I have decided to stop treatment and just let things go,” said Hassbaum.

After hearing the news, students and staff responded by forming Dawn’s Army and holding a series of fundraisers to help Hassbaum and her family.

“We weren’t sure how it would be received. It has just amazed us the support we have gotten through this community,” said first-grade teacher Terrie Riley.

On Sunday, a game of Super Bowl squares will be played as a way to fundraise for Hassbaum and her family. Many students told News 4 they are happy to help.

“She’s so forgiving and she’s the sweetest person ever,” said Lillian, a student.

Hassbaum says the support helps her stay positive.

“I try to carry a smile on my face every day, to keep fighting and live each day to the fullest,” said Hassbaum.

The donations mean a lot to Hassbaum and her family because she has missed a lot of work in recent years.

A GoFundMe has been created for her. To donate, click here.

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