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Many Los Alamos High School teachers and volunteers are getting together to help fellow teacher Joy Handsberry during two fundraising events this week. A benefit dinner is planned Thursday and a “Jump For Joy”all-day event is Friday. Handsberry was diagnosed with cancer earlier in the school year.

After 23 years of teaching at Los Alamos High School, math teacher Joy Handsberry has had a chance to see a totally different side of staff and students, one of love and compassion.
Handsberry was diagnosed with ovarian cancer earlier in the school year, which was discovered during a routine doctor’s appointment and after an odd pain that happened a day earlier.
“I mentioned it to my doctor, Dr. Molly Vosburg, the next day to her great credit, Dr. Vosburg immediately ordered a CT scan and we caught the cancer at stage 2,” Handsberry said. “Since the diagnosis, it’s been quite a whirlwind of treatment with surgery followed by chemotherapy. The thing that has stood out most to me along this path is just how wonderful people are and how much they long to help.”
Thursday, LAHS students Emily Pittman, Emma Lathrop and the LAHS Key Club, with the help of the Kiwanis Club, will host a spaghetti fundraiser dinner at the Christian Church on East Road.
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with spaghetti, meatballs, bread, salad, cookie and a drink on the menu. Donations will be accepted for Handsberry.
Pittman’s involvement was the organization of events. Pittman found the location for the dinner and also found adults and students willing to help with set up and clean up.

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