Pancake Breakfast for Teacher Fighting Cancer a Second Time

Posted at 1:03 PM, Mar 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-22 14:43:07-04

CALEDONIA, Mich.– He’s a teacher, coach, foster parent and cancer survivor. But now, Kraft Meadows Middle School teacher, Chris Hinshaw, is battling melanoma for the second time.

With the support of his coworkers and the organization Women’s Life, they’ll hold a pancake breakfast to raise money to help pay his medical bills, Saturday, March 23rd. It will be held from 9 am to noon, at Kraft Meadows Middle School, located at 9230 Kraft Avenue SW, in Caledonia.

Chris recently left his students to go on medical leave so he can receive treatment.

“Mr. Henshaw discussed it with them before his leave,” said Principal, Cary Stamas. “We sent a letter home to parents as well to help give them points to talk about with their children and what they’re going through.”

Kecia Ballantyne is helping host the breakfast. Chris doubled as both her son’s teacher and track coach last year.

“He was very kind to all the boys and girls who were running and supportive to those who may not have been that fast,” said Ballantyne. She works with Women’s Life, an organization with several chapters that helps struggling, local families.

“I know my son enjoyed him and when they all heard about this, they wanted to help us and join us and have their families come.”

“The success in the past is what’s nice to be able to say he’s gone through it before, we’ve all been through it with him before. We know he can do it again,” added Stamas.

There will be pancakes for about a thousand people.

The staff said Chris’s treatment is working. He hopes to be back to school after spring break.

If you can’t make it out to the fundraiser, the school is accepting donations. Checks can be made to Women’s Life and be dropped off at the school’s front office.