Westwind School Division trustees, administration, staff, parents, and students have been shocked by the news that beloved teacher Linda Burwell has suddenly been diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma. She has recently had a tumor removed from her brain, and will be undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments to fight this cancer.
Linda has taught generations of students in Cardston over her 35 year teaching career. She has been the music and choir teacher at Cardston Elementary School for hundreds of students, and her skills as a music educator have won provincial and national recognition on multiple occasions over the years.
The community is rallying behind Linda at an event on Monday, June 19, from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Cardston Elementary School called “Strength & Hope for Linda Burwell". The organizers say, “Ultimately, this event is a symbol of love, to give some monetary relief so Linda and her family can focus on treatment and recovery.”
If you want to donate towards the expenses Linda and her family will incur during this fight against cancer, you can find a crowdfunding page for Linda on YouCaring.com. The fundraiser has a goal of $10,000, and raised $1,555 within its first ten hours, and had achieved $3,235 within 24 hours.
Linda, we wish you success in your treatment and a speedy recovery. As your students so eloquently sang this past year, “I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining.”