Hero teacher goes above and beyond for student, mom

Posted at: 12/17/2012 8:25 AM
Updated at: 12/17/2012 9:09 AM
By: Heather Mills, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Margaret Young
Margaret Young

A young Albuquerque family is dealing with a terrible diagnosis and their daughter's teacher has stepped up to help.

It's this week's Hometown Heroes.

"Speechless. I never thought something like this would happen," said 25-year-old Ashley Taylor.

She has breast cancer. She also has a family of four and works at a local hotel to support them. She's going through chemotherapy right now. Later she'll have a double mastectomy to remove the cancer.

"I have faith that everything is going to be just fine. You know, I'm strong. I'm ready to go. When they told me it was shrinking, I know I have an angel watching over me."

One of her angels is her daughter's kindergarten teacher, Margaret Young.

Young says when she found out that Taylor was working while undergoing chemo, she knew she had to help.

"We're collecting money, people are donating money to help the family so that hopefully she won't have to work as much, or at all, and they have what they need during this really difficult time," said Young.

Jeffrey Taylor, Ashley's husband said, "What Margaret is doing is just amazing. I would have never thought anyone out there would be able to help us like this."

Young says she doesn't feel like a hero, she just wanted to help.

"I know it's helpful to them and I'm hoping people will continue to donate because you know, it's going to be a long haul."

The Taylor family couldn't be more gracious.

"Deep down in my heart, it's the most amazing thing anyone has ever done for me," said Taylor.

If you know a hero, contact Heather Mills. You can reach her at hmills@kob.com or at Facebook.com/TheHeatherMills