Holt residents support beloved teacher's grandson who has cancer


Angie Pinkerton, far right, and her husband, Andy, appear with the Long family in a recent family photo. Holt Academy, Pinkerton’s former employer, recently donated more than $1,600 to aid her grandson, Jaxon, in his fight against acute lymphocytic leukemia. From the left are Jimmy Long, holding baby Sawyer and Tiffany holding Jaxon.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 at 06:12 PM.

HOLT — So far, the Jaxon Long Leukemia Fund on GiveForward.com has accumulated more than $2,600.

And Holt Academy staff and parents have raised $1,600 on top of that by selling candy bars.

It all benefits former school employee Angie Pinkerton's 2-year-old grandson, who was diagnosed in May with acute lymphocytic leukemia diagnosis.

Pinkerton, the academy's former lead teacher for 2-year-olds, and her husband, Andy, moved to Ringgold, Ga., earlier this year to assist her daughter, Tiffany Long's, family of four.

Academy co-owner Jennifer Derrick said she and others were inspired to help Pinkerton, who was considered a valuable employee during her five years at the academy.

“She is just amazing with kids … the parents and children just loved her,” Derrick said. “She treated the kids like they were her own … we hated to lose her.”

Besides, Derrick, who's had no traces of cancer for four years, knows the high cost of cancer treatments and medications.

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