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Seventh Grader Starts Fundraiser to Benefit Teacher

Seventh grader, Callie Mashburn, uses her love for braiding hair to help her teacher.
Callie Mashburn, seventh grader at Crockett Middle School says, "He's exciting and he keeps it fun." When asked about her orchestra teacher, Chase Moore, Callie Mashburn smiles from ear to ear.

Chase Moore started teaching because he's always had a love for education and music, and wanted to inspire young students with the same passion.

But in December of 2011, Chase started experiencing reoccurring viral and bacteria infections. Then, in April of 2012, his symptoms took a turn for the worse.

Chase Moore, Orchestra Director at Crockett Middle School says, "I was diagnosed May 26, 2012 with Acute Myeloid Leukemia."

Chase underwent rigorous chemotherapy treatment and was back teaching at Crockett Middle School in March 2013.

"About the same time of year, it was about the middle of December, I started having symptoms again. I found out that I relapsed January 14th," explains Chase.

Callie says, "My heart was broke. He was just so much fun and really nice."

Callie felt that she could do more to help her teacher.

"Honestly, I don't think i'd ever had a student like her before. She was very encouraging the beginning of the school year in the fall," explains Chase.

So one day, Callie decided to use her love for braiding hair to help her her teacher. A pop-up business of sorts-- Callie braids hair at Jolz Salon for a donation of $3 or more.

Callie says, "I started talking to friends about it and my parents on how to get the word out. A few weeks later I asked my dad to put it in the bulletin at my church."

Callie has raised $1,565 since March, and has goals to continue raising money.

"It was a bit of a shock-- surprise and then after taking it in it's such a blessing. Just how fantastic Callie's been, and or a 12 year old to do this is pretty amazing," states Chase.

Carrie Mashburn, Callie's mom says, "Her heart is so big and her love for him to want to help was inspiring to me. We all want to do something and the fact that she took it upon herself to do something."

"Just because you're young doesn't mean that you can't accomplish things," says Callie.

Callie's not alone in her efforts-- communities around the Panhandle have stepped up the help the Moore family. 

To Schedule an Appointment:
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