Windham teacher diagnosed with cancer walks school halls in a "pink out"

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DALEVILLE, Ala. (WTVY) -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Windham Elementary School in Daleville is raising awareness by "pinking out."

Windham pinking out for their teacher

It's extra special for this school where the disease hits close to home.

Their speech teacher is going through her battle right now.

Her name is Laura Bateman and she was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in July.

The cancer has since spread to her liver.

She's already a cancer survivor after being diagnosed with breast cancer in the early 2000s.

Now the students and faculty are throwing their strength and support behind Laura to help her fight again.

"There's no words to describe the overwhelming love and affection. It just makes me wanna fight harder and just to get back to them," said Windham Elementary Speech Teacher Laura Bateman.

Windham Elementary's principal Chris Mitten came up with this idea to line the halls and give her that extra boost.

"She's part of our family and for them to see that we all stick together is an important life lesson as well that you don't have to go through anything like this alone," said Windham Elementary Principal Chris Mitten.

Lead nurse Charlotte Carter worked closely with Bateman.

Watching her walk the hallways of the school again gave her reassurance she will be back.

"I felt like seeing her that she's going to come back to us because she's got the will and she's doing it and keeping a great positive attitude," Windham Elementary Lead Nurse Charlotte Carter.

As for Bateman one word could describe what she felt as she saw all this support.

"Overwhelmed. These people are so wonderful they've taken me in under their wings and have just been so wonderful and so loving and supportive," said Bateman.

As for her co-workers, "We just can't wait till Laura Bateman comes back to us. She's a big part of our school and we love her," said Carter.
Mrs. Bateman traveled to Atlanta after the pink out for another round of treatment.

She's determined to fight it all the way.