Submitted By Lisa McGinnis
Kinder Ranch Elementary students really know how to care for their community! Before the holidays, the Kinder Ranch students collected over 1100 items to donate to the Bulverde Food Bank and now they are at it again! When Kinder Ranch found out that one of their families needed something, they decided to help in a big way!
The family belongs to Keiba Easterling, a first grade teacher at Kinder Ranch who has been on an extended leave with her son Justin. Justin was a 5th grader at Kinder Ranch and was ready to head to middle school when he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in June of 2015.
Due to a rare genetic mutation, Justin’s best chance of recovery is now a bone marrow transplant, however, in order to receive the transplant, Justin has had numerous rounds of chemotherapy that have required him to be in the hospital the majority of the last six months. He was able to come home for Christmas, but on New Year’s Eve the family was told that the leukemia had returned. He and his family are now at St. Jude’s hospital where Justin is receiving treatment. Justin’s sister, Olivia, who is a fourth grade student at Kinder Ranch, is with the family as they fight this battle together.
At Kinder Ranch, they like to take care of each other. Although Justin’s treatment costs at St. Jude’s are covered, the medical and other expenses the family has accrued to this point are not. To help with the costs, Kinder Ranch started “Jingles for Justin”, asking the students to bring donations of spare change for the family. At the time of this article, over $1300 has been collected!
In addition, a Kinder Ranch parent has organized a Spaghetti Dinner at Bulverde United Methodist Church, with all proceeds going to the Easterling family. The dinner will be held at the church on March 2nd starting at 5 pm. Plates will be $5 each.
Finally, if those in community would like to donate to Justin’s cause, you may do so by using the link to their Go Fund Me Account at www.gofundme.com/fight4justin.
It is obvious that at Kinder Ranch, it is Cowboys helping Cowboys!