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Students show support for teacher facing terminal cancer: 'You’ve made an impact on our lives'

Posted at 11:49 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-17 11:06:05-04

PETERSBURG,Va. -- Students and community members joined Friday afternoon along Monticello Avenue in Petersburg to show support for long time Prince George High School history teacher Kendall Warren.

"We organized a drive by parade. Kind of just all his past students, current students and even some players, he was a soccer coach," Prince George Senior, Kassidy Reed said.
Warren was diagnosed with Anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare brain tumor, in May. His family said since then, he’s had multiple surgeries and is now in hospice care at home.
“It was just hard to see him in a different state. Not joking around, not being sarcastic like he usually is," former student India Alvarez said.

Warren has taught history for 23 years. During that time he also coached the girls soccer team. Some of those players and former students shared how he helped shaped their lives.
“About a couple years ago you taught me U.S. and honors. I’m just here to say thank you for actually helping me pursue my career path teaching me and hitting me in my heart," Hunter Patterson said.

"We just want you to know how much you’ve made an impact on our lives, at school and just every day and we’re praying for you," Alexandria Johnson added.
"You made me smile every day in class and I appreciate you and everything you’ve done for me," Alvarez said

His wife Angelina of 25 years, stood by, taking in all of the appreciation. Something she said she and her family are grateful for.

“We do appreciate it and its nice to see that he has made a difference in all of your lives and you take what he has taught to you and pass it forward," Angelina Warren said.

The students have also created ribbons to honor Warren and hope to find ways to support him while they're in the classroom. The family has also created a blog (https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kendellwarren/journal) with weekly updates on Warren's condition as well as ways you can donate.