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Godby Principal Battles Cancer, Students Rally Behind Her

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Tallahassee, Florida --

Godby Principal Jean Ferguson was at Godby Monday morning welcoming students like she always does.

This year will have a different feel to it. Principal Ferguson was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cell cancer, back in July.

While she is stepping down as principal, she is going to help out in other ways. She said she will always be the Godby Cougars' #1 cheerleader.

Word that Principal Jean Ferguson has cancer spread quickly, even though it was summertime. Notes and pictures with messages poured into her office.

Jean Ferguson said, "It's just so heartening to see how much they truly care, and that's what I love about them.They do have huge hearts."

Students are rallying around her as she undergoes dialysis and chemo at the same time. The students say she is always their "cheerleader" with her pom pom in hand.

Diontaye Williams is a Junior at Godby. He said, "I will probably miss her smile, she was always jolly. She was nice."

"She's always smiling and you would never guess that anything is wrong,"said Senior, Kourtney Kilpatrick.

But she isn't going to be leaving her Cougars completely. Principal Ferguson will be involved in the School Improvement Grant.

Ferguson said, "I can't wait to get in those classrooms and watch the coordination between the students and the teachers because that is where the real synergy is in schools. So I'm getting to spend more time in the classroom, and I'm really excited about that."

Kourney Kilpatrick said Ferguson has always supported him, especially in the school plays.

He said, "I'm really hoping she gets better because this school is not going to be the same without her. So I'm hoping she progresses and she'll be in my prayers. I hope she's in everyone else's prayers, and I just hope it gets better," said Kilpatrick.

The whole school is rallying around Principal Ferguson. We will be checking in on her as she continues her fight.


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