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Willow Dale 'Movember' Drive Raises $1,000 for Student's Cancer Fight

Ten teachers at Willow Dale Elementary raised money to benefit a fifth-grader battling bone cancer.

Music teacher Frank Bauerle collected the most donations during the school's Movember fundrasier. Submitted photo.
Music teacher Frank Bauerle collected the most donations during the school's Movember fundrasier. Submitted photo.
Amazing what a simple razor can do for a local family.

The month-long friendly facial hair competition amongst the male teachers at Willow Dale Elementary has generated approximately $1,000 in donations for the family of Rialee Jacoby, a Willow Dale student currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments to battle bone cancer.

"We are beyond grateful to her school, the community, and all of the teachers that made this happen," reads a post on the Rally for Rialee Facebook page. "We cannot thank you enough and are completely moved by your generosity."

After growing out their whiskers, 10 faculty members shaved creative designs into their faces. A picture of each contestant was taped to individual milk jugs and placed in the Willow Dale lobby, inviting students, teachers and guests to vote their favorite with donations.

According to a release from the elementary school, music teacher Frank Bauerle collected the most donations with $191.78 in dollars and loose change. All the proceeds benefit Rialee, a fifth grader who developed Ewing Sarcoma bone cancer in her leg. The costs of Rialee's frequent trips to Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia to fight the tumors has her family seeking help and support from the community.

Rialee is also in the process of giving back by paying the kindness forward. According to the Rally for Rialee page, toy and gift card donations can be made at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Warminster. They will be given to CHOP patients who will be celebrating Christmas in the hospital.

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