I am asking for money so a wonderful teacher can get get surgery for his dog:
James Hill became a friend of mine when I was diagnosed with metastatic (terminal) breast cancer . At a time when many people end up dumping you, afraid of the impact your death will have on them, he befriended me. He brought me food, he texted me to cheer me up, he sent me cards as I went through treatment. His kindness to me in a time of need will never be forgotten.
Against all odds, I am in remission. I have wanted to do something for him to let him know how much his friendship meant. When I heard his dog had cancer - the disease that started our friendship - I knew how I could help. I want to take the worry of paying for treatment off his mind.
His beloved "Boo" has a quickly growing cancer. The vet thinks surgery is the only option for now. Surgery is estimated at $2500-$3000.
James Hill is a teacher. But not just any teacher. He is a science teacher at Mira Loma High School in Sacramento. He gives his time to the students both on and off-campus. He is the regional coordinator for the Science Olympiad, and he has led the MLHS Science Bowl team to national victories five times, more than any other high school in the US. The students study thousands of hours for the chance to participate in Science Bowl, encouraged by Mr. Hill. I know how much they study because my son was on the team that won the national competition in 2014. I saw first-hand how caring this teacher is with his kids.
We all know teachers spend money for their students' benefit. Mr. Hill goes above and beyond. He recently escorted his students to Washington DC, where they once again won the Science Bowl. He then chaperoned the team on a science trip to Alaska and then to an Australian University where they studied global science. While these trips are prizes, we know that personal money is spent by teachers.
He not only teaches science, he teaches manners. He has sessions where the students sit down and write thank you latters to the people who have taught them or helped them in some way.
Despite the national status of MLHS school in the world of science, the classrooms are old and haven't been updated - especially the science wing. He has spent his own money on his classroom every year.
The summers when most teachers are off, resting and relaxing and preparing for the upcoming year, Mr. Hill spends his time chaperoning students so they can continue to explore the world of science. He wants to be home but he wants to help his students more. He generously devotes his time and energy to kids - but this time, his dog is sick and he is in Australia, worried. I want to surprise him and take some of the worry off his hands by getting donations to help pay for Boo's surgery. He has done so much for so many kids, it seems only right that the universe pay him back.
Why should you donate? Mr. Hill has been teaching for decades. His students have gone to the best universities and are in helping careers. He prepares them for places like Caltech, MIT, Harvard, and other world-class science schools, but they fan out and go to schools all across the country - and the world. His former students are now your doctors. They are researchers that have helped cured your disease, and scientists who will help figure out global warming - people who are bettering the world. And they all got their start from a caring high school teacher in Sacramento who did whatever it took to foster their love for science. Wherever you live, you may have been positively impacted by one of Mr. Hill's students. So please donate and give back.
Let's make the world a bit better for one dedicated teacher, and one beautiful dog. When he gets home from Australia, after chaperoning his students, let's give him the peace of mind that his dog will get the surgery he needs and the cancer will be removed and he will get the chance at life that I have had.
Cancer took my job - and costs me a lot of money each year. I cannot pay for this surgery myself, as much as I'd like to. I can only facilitate this GoFundMe. Please let me surprise him with the gift of his dog's extended life.
All money donated will be spent on vet bills and for the care of his dog. If there is anything left over, it will probably be spent the way many teachers spend money - on their students, in the classroom. But I wouldn't mind if we raised enough to give him a student-free vacation!