Cancer Bus Driver

By: Kelly Creswell
By: Kelly Creswell

When Rockingham County bus driver Vonda Wegman was diagnosed with breast cancer in May, she had to let the students know.

"And I told them listen, you all know I've been sick, but I’m going to get a little bit sicker, and there's going to be days when I won't be able to drive the bus, and I am also going to lose my hair, but I told them it didn't make any difference to me," says Vonda Wegman.

Wegman says she has been touched by the support she's gotten from the kids.

"A couple of them said I really like your haircut," says Wegman.

Another bus driver and two teachers at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School also have cancer, and sixth grade teacher Laura Logan wanted to make sure her friends got the help they needed.

"And when I found out that she would lose her hair shortly after her chemo started, I thought that would be a perfect thing to do and I knew that middle school kids would love to see a bald headed teacher, and would probably raise lots of money to see that," says Laura Logan.

And students did. They raised almost $19,000 in one month. But they've also learned an invaluable lesson.

"That cancer is really serious, and you should help out and do anything you can," says Morgan Phillips.

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