Kingston Springs school rallies behind breast cancer survivor - WKRN News 2

Kingston Springs school rallies behind breast cancer survivor

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KINGSTON SPRINGS, Tenn. -

Linda Allen is a fourth grade social studies teacher at Kingston Springs Elementary School in Cheatham County.  She's also a breast cancer survivor.

Allen was diagnosed with the disease during the summer of 2009.

"It rocks your world and changes everything," she told Nashville's News 2 of the diagnosis.  "It changes your whole perspective on life and the world."

Allen was able to continue teaching while receiving chemotherapy treatments thanks, in part, to the support of her students and her co-workers.

The entire school is still very supportive.

On Friday, teachers, in order to wear jeans, donated to the American Cancer Society while students paid $1 to wear a hat in school.

"We had hat day today and I tell the kids I always pay $1 not to wear a hat because I had to wear a hat probably nine months of the 10 month school year.  I had to wear hats because I had no hair," Allen recalled.

Every year since 2009, Allen and fellow teachers have teamed up to raise money and participate in the Making Strides walk for the American Cancer Society.

As a school, Principal Stacy Brinkley says the Kingston Springs Cardinals try to give back to the community wherever they can help.

"We have other teachers who have other causes that we support.  We had a melanoma walk this past weekend for our librarian, Ms. Hoss.  Next year we are planning an autism walk because one of our teacher's sons has autism," Brinkley explained.

Allen recommends regular breast exams to detect cancer as early as possible.

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk benefiting the American Cancer Society will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at LP Field.

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