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Teacher Fighting Cancer Runs Out Of Sick Days, So Teachers Across The County Donate Theirs

By - 16th August 2018

Cancer is one of life’s most vicious diseases, but that doesn’t mean it’s unbeatable. Robert Goodman didn’t get much time to celebrate his victory over his cancer battle. Shortly after, he was faced with another challenge.

Robert was undergoing chemotherapy and surgery for stage 3 colon cancer. But the South Florida teacher had run out of paid sick days. His road to recovery would need many more.

Feeling a little uneasy but desperate for help, Robert Goodman reached out on social media. He posted a selfie from his hospital room. He asked if there would be any teachers who would be willing to give him some of their sick days.

Robert Goodman wrote:

Urgent Help Now: Battling Cancer Chemo: I work at Palm Beach Gardens High School – I’m looking into a catastrophic leave of absence by the school district but I’m short 20 sick days to qualify for that.

Robert Goodman Facebook

Already used 38 days this year which is all I had left as I was sick a couple years ago and used about two weeks. If I can get 20 more sick days from any teacher or district employee volunteers that would allow me to take more time to recover in battle through chemo for 12 weeks which should be enough time for me to complete at least the treatment so if any of my teacher friends are out there spread the word for me I would appreciate it thank you so much. You can email Human Resources to [email protected] to donate. If not I’ll be reporting back to work on August 6 and I will never have another opportunity to apply for the leave of absence. Thank you all either way for your support during this time in my life.

As life has taught us, ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get’

His colleagues delivered such an amazing act of kindness. In just four days, Robert Goodman had received all the time he needed. Lots of teachers, classroom assistants, lunchroom staff, administrators and faculty across Palm Beach County all chipped in and gave up their own days off to help Robert get the recovery time he needed.

Robert was transferred 75 sick days in total! He was so thankful to receive such kindness from colleagues (some he had never met), but he wasn’t shocked.

I couldn’t believe it happened so fast. Teachers are always giving all the time. When one of their own needs help they’ll always step up.

Robert posted another picture a few days later thanking all those who helped him out

I want to thank all of you for supporting me by donating sick days and words of encouragement – it’s proof that love is contagious. Today Channel 5 called me to do a story on the love that you guys have graciously provided me. We are in this together and I thank you. I will let you all know when I have confirmation from the district that the sick days have been approved.

It looks like Goodman won’t have to wear his chemotherapy pump while teaching the kids now; he’ll be able to recover in peace.

I would’ve had to report to work for the first day of school, and I couldn’t even sleep last night.

This example of human kindness is really touching. Cancer can affect anyone and everyone, so caring for somebody struggling is what humanity should strive to achieve.

Anybody can get cancer, but not everyone is willing to help. We all have it in us, but it’s good to get back in touch with our compassion.

Get well soon Robert Goodman.

Don’t forget to watch Robert Goodman’s video message of thanks to all the staff who helped him out in his hour of need in the video below. Also, at Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section. 🐝