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Millbrook High students help teacher with cancer

Posted November 20, 2010 11:14 p.m. EST
Updated November 21, 2010 7:47 a.m. EST

— Students from Millbrook High School did a different kind of homework Saturday for a Spanish teacher from the school.

Meriam Liggett is on leave from her teaching job after a diagnosis of aggressive, advanced-stage breast cancer.

When she was first diagnosed, Liggett said, she focused on getting well. She left home repairs unattended, so she could use her energy and money for her treatments.

That bought her time until about three weeks ago, when doctors told her the cancer had returned.

"It's the rarest, the most aggressive and the highest level in my category," she said.

Millbrook students, volunteers from Saint Raphael Catholic Church and local businesses rallied together to help Liggett spruce up her home. The supplies and manpower were all donated.

Bill Wilson, a contractor who worked on the project, said, "Everybody I called said, 'I'm on board' when I told them the two-minute story about Miriam."

"It makes me feel good, because you get to help people out," said Danielle Rozansky.