Burke County School Rallies For Teacher Fighting Breast Cancer

MORGANTON, N.C. — Firetrucks surrounded Hildebran Elementary School on Monday, April 19th to light up in support for a 4th grade teacher who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

The teacher, Sno Lewis, was diagnosed with cancer back in January, and officials say she will receive her third chemo treatment this week.

Lewis has been a teacher at Hildebran for fifteen years and has also worked at Chesterfield and George Hildebrand Elementary Schools teaching Pre K through 4th grade.

Officials say the Pink Heals firetruck showed their support on Monday by showing up at the elementary school.

Pink Heals is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and money for families and nonprofit entities that assist women and their families who are not only fighting breast cancer, but all diseases.

Lewis said, “It makes me so proud to be a part of this school. I love the kids so much.”

On Monday, officials say Lewis was able to add her name to the truck along with many of those who are fighting these type of diseases signing “Sno Ellen Lewis. I can do this. Thank U!.”

Hildebran Elementary School Principal Randy Sain says of Lewis, “She loves her kids and treats them like they were her own, and you can’t say anything better about a teacher than that. Her kids have been very supportive of her even as 9-year-olds who may not understand completely what is happening.”

School officials say many students wore pink and showed off masks with the embroidered message saying “In this class no one fights alone.”

Interim Superintendent Mike Swan says, “We wish Mrs. Lewis all the best in her treatments, and we want her to know she has the full support of not only her students, co-workers and school, but of all Burke County Public Schools as a whole to help her fight this battle.”