CRESTVIEW — Jennifer Constantine's third-graders at Walker Elementary School are "adopting" Katie Mitchell, a Crestview 2-year-old diagnosed with leukemia.
An account in Katie's name recently was established at Okaloosa Teachers Federal Credit Union. Constantine's students are working to ensure North Okaloosa residents have additional locations to visit and donate toward the toddler's multiple weekly treatments.
"Mrs. Constantine’s class has made donation boxes to leave at area businesses such as Kelly’s Automotive, Stephanie’s House of Styles and White Sands Tanning, all here in Crestview," Walker health technician Jennifer Johnson said.
Katie, the daughter of Jamie and Stephen Mitchell, has an older brother, Ryan, an Antioch Elementary School student. Doctors diagnosed the leukemia Dec. 3 and the toddler is receiving treatment in Pensacola.
Supporters can follow her progress on her "Katie vs. Cancer" Facebook page.
In the meantime, the family appreciates those who have helped Katie during a challenging Christmas season, Johnson said.
WANT TO HELP?
Donations for Katie Mitchell's medical expenses fund are accepted at Kelly's Automotive, 975 E. Chestnut St.; Stephanie's House of Styles, 401 N. Ferdon Blvd.; White Sands Tanning, 265 N. Main St.; and Okaloosa Teachers Federal Credit Union, 1126 N. Ferdon Blvd., all in Crestview