York County kindergarten teacher Sandra Murawski sat in a barber's chair at Magruder Elementary School Thursday morning, and had her head shaved during its morning announcements.
She’d made good on her promise to shed her hair if the school raised $500 or more for one of her students, Gracie Perry-Toutaint, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia.
To date, the school has raised roughly $3,000 to help Gracie, whose tumble from the monkey bars in early December led to a high fever and later to an Acute Myeloid Leukemia diagnosis, according to a GoFundMe page established for the preschooler.
The five-year-old was intensive care at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, then out and back in again, the page states. Her chemotherapy treatments will last at least six months, her two mothers said.
Leukemia is cancer of the body's blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and the lymphatic system, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Magruder’s staff, students and parents have been raising money to support Gracie’s family as they pay a mounting bill of medical bills for her treatment.
Dozens of students participated in “Hats on for Gracie” this fall and were able to wear a hat to school if they donated at least $1 to support the cause.
In the hot seat, Murawski had her hair sheared off during a live video broadcast to Magruder’s 600 students.
“This is not about me and my hair,” Murawski told WAVY TV Channel 10. “This is about Gracie, and I want as many people to know and embrace Gracie and her family and continue to do prayers for her. Hair is going to grow back. Leukemia is her fight.”
Gracie’s mothers, Kimberly Perry and Michelle Toutaint, her grandfathers, Williamsburg resident Richard Toutaint and Frenchburg, Ky. resident Harold Perry all shaved their heads after chemotherapy treatments took the preschooler’s coif, according to a GoFundMe page.
To help Gracie’s family with her medical bills and other costs, send a check made payable to ‘The Gracie Fund’ to the James York Plaza SunTrust Bank branch or go to the GoFundMe page at: http://bit.ly/1Qxk4n8.