Students Raise Money for Secretary Fighting Breast Cancer
She’s the smiling face that greets students, parents and
staff at Duncanville ISD’s Reed Middle School, but last May, a cloud of concern
formed for Marian Chappel. She learned she had breast cancer. “It’s a mind
changer,” Chappel said. “I think you realize what’s important and what’s not
important. You value your family more.”
Chappel has worked at Duncanville ISD for 10 years; seven of
those she’s spent as a receptionist at Reed. “She’s amazing,” said Reed
Assistant Principal, Lesley Hash. “She’s been here for a long time. She’s a
staple at Reed – very loved by students and staff.”
When it came time to tell someone her diagnosis, Chappel didn’t
want to upset her adult children, so she confided in her work friends first.
“When I first found out, I couldn’t even say the word,” Chappel said.The Reed Middle School family responded by
organizing a fundraiser to help Chappel with her medical expenses.Students volunteered to pass buckets to
collect donations at one of the Panthers’ home football games.
The first week of October, Athletic Director, Cathy
Self-Morgan presented the money to Chappel. She said she’ll donate at least
half of it to another woman struggling with breast cancer because she
understands how difficult the fight can be. Chappel said she’s strengthened by
her support network at Duncanville ISD. “They’ve been great,” Chappel said.
“Everyone is so supportive. I get hugs every day.”