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Helping one of their own

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By John Barnhart

    Goodview Elementary School is helping one of its own, a family that has taken a double-barreled hit.

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    Sarah Metcalf, who teaches second grade, is currently on a leave of absence. She’s fine, but her husband and 3-year-old daughter, Genevieve, are not. Her husband, Darren, came down with a rare blood infection caused by an abscess on his brain stem. He’s recovering, but he’s still off work because he’s suffering from blurred and double vision and his balance is off, according to his sister, Amy Herbert.
    He works at Five Star Fab & Fixture, in Salem, and Herbert said his employer and fellow employees are supportive.
    “They came and mowed his yard,” Herbert said. She added that the company has said his job is waiting for him, no matter how long it takes.
    The second hit came when Genevieve was diagnosed with cancer. Herbert said she has had surgery to remove her tailbone and is scheduled to begin chemotherapy this week.
    Sarah Metcalf’s colleagues at Goodview have also been helping and they organized a school wide fundraiser to help the family with their expenses. The students raised $7,500 and a business donor, that wishes to remain anonymous, kicked in $10,000.
    The children celebrated with a walk on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. It was originally supposed to be a walk around the school, but the weather moved it inside. The entire student body packed into the gym at one time, then formed lines walking through all the school’s halls. Funny hats seemed to be the theme.
    A fund has also been set up for the Metcalf family specifically aimed at raising money for Genevieve’s cancer treatment. People wishing to donate can go to www.gofundme.com/lovethemetcalfs.