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a west foundation teacher is back in the classroom after battling eye cancer.(--darrell--)as deron molen shows us.... her most important lesson has been one of perseverance.... and optimism.(--deron molen reporting--)(nats of door opening and 3 surprise)"what's going on, sam?!?!""what are you doing?"finally.... (nats of surprise)"what is going on in here?"....a good surprise. (nats of surprise)"we have a surprise for you."it's been a rough couple of weeks for the martin family....(nats of hugging/crying)....because up until now.... the surprises haven't been too positive.mary perez-martin / teacher, west foundation elementary"ocular melanoma which is melanoma in the eye. it attacks the pigment in your eye."(nats-" listen to the word log.")for 25 years.... (kids talking to mary/asking questions)(nats-" what are your opinions on where wed find an igloo?")mary perez- martin has watched the bright, eager eyes of her students.... (nats of mary teaching)(nats-" well okay we'd have to be able to build that snowman wouldnt we? ummmm addison.")....giving them the skills they need to see clearly in a world that's always changing.lori wallerich / teacher, west foundation elementary"she finds a way to identify with each and every child and how best to support them so they can be successful in the classroom."mary perez-martin / teacher, west foundation elementary"they've been amazing through all of this. they're troopers. they've put up with a few subs in and out of the classroom and they've withstood it all. they're like pillars for me."but even more critical than her classroom... her faith and family have pulled her through these recent dark days. mary lost her eye as part of her cancer battle....(nats-"lets move on to the next screen.") but she never lost her optimism.... a lesson that has extended way beyond her classroom.samatha campbell / friend"this is not really a big deal to her. she can live her life with one eye. she's just happy to be alive and happy to be with her family. and so i kind of feel like i need to take a step back."tobias martin / son"it's been really awesome how she's fought through all of this and how she just stays calm through all of it. if it was me, i'd be freaking out every single day."john martin / husband"time is precious and that grew us a little closer together and made the family a little bit tighter."that's why we're paying it forward to mary.... (nats of surprise)"here's some money.... to do whatever you need to do.""oh my goodness."....so she can continue to fight this battle head on.... and see through whatever other adversity comes her way.mary perez-martin / teacher, west foundation elementary"i don't even.... there aren't words.... there are no words to explain the support that's come from the staff and the community.... my students' parents.... my students.... people we know..... people we don't even know that have been praying for us."deron molen.... kfdx 3 news.(--gwyn--)if

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