Tifton- The countdown to graduation is on for seniors at Tift County high School, but this year has been less about their future and more about their teachers'.
"A year and half ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer which is really rare I'm 27, so that's rare for someone my age," says Technology teacher, Cammie Lund.
Lund's cancer is in remission, but around the same time 33 year old English teacher Kim Cobb was diagnosed with leukemia. The Tift County graduate is not expected to survive the school year.
"She had that personality that students can cling to that they're not talking to you like a parent they're talking to you on a one on one level that's what I remember about Ms. Cobb," Michael Buhler.
The seniors have rallied and are sponsoring a fundraiser in honor of Ms. Cobb. She's spending two weeks in the Grand Canyon with her two sons what she calls the trip of a lifetime, one she wasn't sure she could even afford.
"Without teachers students wouldn't be able to do anything in this world and we just wouldn't have the knowledge that we have. I think it's important that we help the teachers any way we can. It's a valuable thing we can do; it's priceless," Timothy Maxey.
The moment students present Cobb with the money they've raised will be priceless too, hopefully wiping out her vacation debt and helping with medical expenses.
"We'll be gone next year I pray that it doesn't happen but we can't predict the future, but if it does happen even if it's a student I hope that this faculty and the student body here will take it on and do the same as we have done and be just as willing as the class of 2004 has been," says Torrie Pettiford.
"They tell us that we're seniors and were supposed to set the example, so that's what we're trying to do this year with helping out Ms. Cobb," adds Josh Boyd.
And they're hoping if needed their successors will follow their lead.
The students are still soliciting sponsorship from local businesses and community members. They will hold the jump rope marathon Thursday afternoon from 3:15 to 4:15.
For more information about the event call Mike Beeman at (229) 387-9700 extension 3020.