Desperate dad begged his fellow teachers to donate their sick days so he could spend time with his cancer child


A dad asks his colleagues to donate their sick days so they can spend more time with his daughter, who has been diagnosed with cancer.

David Green and his wife Megan, of Alabama, in the United States, knew that there was something wrong with the 11-month-old Kinsley when they realized that their "happy, smiling, little girl was starting to behave badly".

The worried couple initially thought their child had a blood infection, but their worst fears were confirmed when they found out she had leukemia.

Kinsley, now 16 months old, was told he had acute B-cell lymphoblastic leukemia and should have started chemotherapy.

Megan took leave of her job to stay with Kinsley during the treatment, while David continued to work as a soccer coach at the local high school to pay medical bills – but he ran out of sick days to visit his little girl.

Seeing the heartbreak that was causing him, Megan then sent a plea to his colleagues on Facebook for work-free time.

He wrote: "David is officially out of sick days at work.

"We want you to stay with us at the hospital while Kinsley is doing chemotherapy, so if you are a teacher in the Alabama State and are able to donate a day of illness we would appreciate it very much!

"Kinsley is Dad's oldest girl and needs him to be here as many times as she can, so she would be so grateful for every day she donated so she could spend time with her dad.

"Kinsley will be treating leukemia until the end of the summer and maybe even at the start of next year's school year.

"So we still have a long way to go! Any help would be so appreciated."

The post was shared more than 1,000 times when teachers gathered around David.

Now a GoFundMe page has also been created to try to help pay the spiral costs for Kinsley's treatment.

The page says: "David (dad) is driving back and forth from Birmingham to Huntsville (2 hours), where he is football coach at Jemison High School, to help take care of the sweet Kinsley, while also providing for their family during these tests have medical expenses, gas charges and living expenses.

"All this was very sudden and unplanned and whatever you can give will help you."

A drug alone will return the family £ 8,034 ($ 15,000) as it is not covered by their insurance.

Speaking to, David said: "Kinsley is getting the same that adults get a lot because, unfortunately, there are not many chemotherapy drugs specifically for children, much fewer infants and young children.

"For this reason he had some complications and it is important for me to be there for my family".

The family remains optimistic and shared Kinsley's journey on social media.

When he started his chemo, David tweeted: "Start today and my baby is doing great.

"We will take it day by day and fight for every inch.

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