Alison Wood, Claxton Elementary School Teacher And Musician, Battles Brain Cancer

7:16 AM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Cancer is a disease we hear about too often. So often, you might think little of it until someone close to you is diagnosed with it.

Then you hope and pray there's a treatment that works for them. That's what hundreds of kids, dozens of teachers and a slew of family and friends are hoping for Alison Wood.

A few months ago, Wood's singing role in the band, Serendipity, and her job at Claxton Elementary School took a backseat to stage IV brain cancer.

"I was in the hospital for a couple weeks. Then they finally figured out that I had brain cancer," said Wood.

Wood was diagnosed with brain cancer in January.

"It was every emotion," she said. "But I'm a fighter and I'm fighting day-by-day with my husband, Jeremy."

Wood's husband, Jeremy, said he has found courage and drawn from Alison's strength, who's positive attitude is infectious.

"It's just something that you never ever want to be faced with," said Jeremy Wood.

Doctors told Alison and Jeremy the cancer was treatable, but not curable and they couldn't operate on it.

"Music has been the one thing we have been able to connect with," said Jeremy. "Every ounce of positive energy went into our fight."

Jeremy and Alison have made beating brain cancer a full-time job. And friends at Claxton Elementary, have made it their mission too.

"We really feel like we are going through this with her," said Dr. Anessa Burgman, principal of Claxton Elementary. "It's really, it's a hole where she was in our computer lab and she did so many things, not just in our computer lab, but around the school."

A few months ago, the staff and faculty at Claxton teamed up to clean Alison's yard. Students have sent hundreds of 'get well" cards and they've prayed together for a miracle.

"It means the world to me," said Wood.

The support had helped Wood continue her fight.

"Just be positive. I mean, you just take it one day at a time and surround yourself with love," she said.

Wood has received good news from her doctors. After her third round of chemotherapy, her tumor has shrunk tremendously and the fluid around it is all but gone.

They're not out of the woods, but Jeremy calls it something to celebrate.

May 22 is Jeremy and Alison's second wedding anniversary.

On Sunday, there's a benefit concert to help pay for Wood's medical expenses.

The event is at 2 p.m. at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro.

There will be live bands, food vendors, a cash raffle and more. The event is open to the public and there is a suggested $10 donation at the door.

Claxton Elementary School is also hosting a Spring Carnival Friday, from 5-7 p.m.

There will be a silent auction at the carnival and all of the money raised will also help Alison and Jeremy cover expenses.

WFMY News 2

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