(WQOW)- Two local schools are going head-to-head or, more realistically, blood-to-blood, for a good cause.
News 18 has previously reported sixth grade Altoona Middle School teacher Shannon Camlek was diagnosed with myeloid leukemia earlier this year.
Shannon’s husband, Tim Camlek, is a sixth grade teacher at Northstar Middle School. So, that’s why they decided to compete to see which school can get the most blood donors.
They’re calling it “Battle of the Schools Blood Drive.”
Tim said he’s seen the benefits of giving blood, and said even though it’s not helping someone you know, it’s helping somebody.
He said Shannon is doing great following a stem cell transplant from her brother, but is still recovering.
He said her interactions with her students is what keeps her spirit up.
“Probably the best medicine for Shannon, this is what she does, she interacts with people and students and that’s what keeps her going,” Tim said. “Just those little notes, those cards, those emails, those Facetimes even a secondary word, hey somebody told me to pass this along from one of your students is, you can just see it makes her better.”
The support doesn’t stop there, the Altoona Middle School plans to pack the gym with a sea of orange for Shannon at Tuesday’s volleyball game, and Shannon has a special message for everyone showing up.
“I’m so grateful to all the teams that have sent me their videos and their pictures all decked out in orange, all high kicking, it’s been wonderful,” Shannon said.
The game starts at 7:15 p.m.