The Ottumwa Courier

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October 28, 2008

Supporting her in the fight: Albia High School holds assembly to show support for Hoskins in her batlle against Hodgkins lymphoma

ALBIA— Albia High School Principal Linda Hoskins was ready to break up a fight Monday afternoon before she realized the fight was for her.

When some teachers and other administrators told Hoskins there was a fight in the gymnasium, she walked in and discovered a gym packed full of students and faculty members chanting “You got to fight to win!”

“I was just blown away,” said Hoskins, who has been fighting Hodgkin’s lymphoma since Sept. 4.

Superintendent Kevin Crall said the surprise rally was a way to show Hoskins that the community and district is behind her 100 percent

Crall was also one of more than a dozen students, faculty, coaches and staff who shaved their heads or cut their hair during the rally in a tribute to Hoskins.

The high school and junior high students and teachers also managed to raise nearly $3,500 — part of the money to Hoskins, and the rest to the American Cancer Society.

One of the assembly’s organizers, Robin Spurgeon, said Hoskins is always helping the students and faculty whenever they are in need and it was their turn to give back.

“She always goes out of her way for us and we wanted to do the same for her,” Spurgeon said.

“I’m just overwhelmed,” said Hoskins, with tears in her eyes.

She said before coming to the “Beat Cancer” assembly she felt somewhat fatigued and wasn’t in the mood to deal with a fight, but after seeing what it was really about, she began to feel much better.

“This place is my life. These kids and faculty and everyone here are my life,” she said. “If I couldn’t come to school anymore I wouldn’t be able to go on. This school is what gives me courage. It has helped me get through this; it is my passion.”

Scott Niles can be reached at (641) 683-5360 or via e-mail at sjniles@mchsi.com.

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