A carnival scheduled for Friday at Fort Worth ISD's Westpark Elementary will take on a bigger mission than simply celebrating back to school -- it could save lives.
The inspiration for the bold mission is kindergarten teacher Ashley Baganz. She has leukemia.
"She's so giving," said parent Cori Cox. "Even on her worst days, after she's been throwing up all night, she's at the school caring for other people's kids."
Baganz was diagnosed with leukemia 2007. Three bone marrow transplants from Baganz's brother and sister along with chemotherapy have helped her fight it.
But the stubborn disease reoccurred and Baganz is now back in the hospital. Doctors are treating her for the side effects from another round of chemotherapy.
"She keeps fighting," said Cox. "Even when she was diagnosed for the fourth time in August, she was in the classroom getting it ready for the kids. She loves to teach. She loves these kids."
"Every time I ask her, 'What can I do'?', she says 'Sign up to be a donor. Be the Match,' said Cox.
Parents like Cox want to give that same fighting chance to others like Baganz who need bone marrow transplants.
During Friday's back to school carnival, Westpark parents will host a booth where people can sign up to be bone marrow donors. The national bone marrow donor program "Be the Match" will be on site signing up potential donors. Cheek swabs will happen on site for those aged 14 to 44 who sign up.
The American Cancer Society will be there, too, signing up volunteers.
Westpark PTO Carnival
Fri., Sept, 6, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
West park Elementary School
10117 Westpark Drive
Benbrook, TX 76126