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Posted October 7, 2014

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At Eubank Elementary, Every Friday is Pink Friday

Students and staff embrace Principal Christy Sigmon through her battle with breast cancer.

When Eubank Principal Christy Sigmon returned to school after battling breast cancer, she was welcomed by a flash mob of 500 dancing and singing students and staff members.

The song they all sang to her: Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.”

Less than a year ago, the beloved elementary school principal was diagnosed with an invasive form of breast cancer that often goes undetected for a decade. By the time it’s found, it’s usually too late.

But Sigmon was ready for the battle, in large part because of the strength she received from the Eubank students and staff.

“As I was on my way to meet with the doctor to create an action plan, I received an amazing text photo from my staff,” she recalls. “They were on the front steps of the school wearing pink, holding signs and showing me their strength was behind me. In my office they taped a banner that said, ‘We Got This!’”

It was the catch phrase Sigmon often used with her staff when dealing with difficult situations.

The love and support spread from staff to students to school community. When Sigmon returned to work after a double mastectomy, she was welcomed by a schoolwide flash mob reminding her to keep on believing.  

She's taking their advice.

“Yes, there were a lot emotions, a lot of pain, and I am still dealing with aches and exhaustion,” Sigmon said. “But it doesn’t compare to the love, support, and encouragement I received from my colleagues, my boss, and my amazing staff at Eubank Academy of Fine Arts.”

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, students and staff across APS wear pink to raise awareness and remember those who have been through battles like Sigmon's. 

At Eubank Elementary, they wear pink every Friday through the school year in honor of their courageous principal.

“The words 'Thank You' don’t seem like enough, but I am truly humbled and blessed to walk this journey with these amazing people at my side,” Sigmon said.

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