It was snowing outside and inside Goodview Elementary Wednesday morning as students and staff celebrated the final day of school before the holiday weekend. But there was a deeper meaning behind the smiles - they were helping to give one of their own a much needed boost.
"You know, they're such a great family," said Marianne Masters, a P.E. teacher at Goodview Elementary. "And their story - I don't know how one person could go through all that herself."
For the past month, Goodview teacher Sarah Metcalf has been taking care of her husband Darren, who is recovering from a rare infection that nearly killed him. Then, just a few weeks ago, they both learned their 3-year-old daughter Genevieve had cancer.
"They would do anything for anybody," said Masters. "So we wanted to do something good for her."
Masters and several co-workers got together and decided to organize a special fundraising walk the entire school could do to support the Metcalf family. They sent donation envelopes home with their students, who brought back more than $7,500 Wednesday morning.
"The love and support they're showing for Sarah and our family and Darren and Genevieve, it's amazing," said Kathy Maffucci, Genevieve's grandmother.
Because Genevieve starts chemotherapy soon, she can't be around large groups - so she had to miss the walk. She and her mom did, however, send the school a video message to express their heartfelt thanks.
"It's really awesome that they'd step up and just rally around them," said Amy Hebert, Genevieve's aunt. "They did the same when Darren was in the hospital too."
The Metcalfs' friends have also started a GoFundMe.com page with a goal to raise $20,000 for the family. As of Wednesday afternoon, nearly $12,000 had already come in. If you'd like to help the Metcalf's, just head to their GoFundMe.com page.