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2009 Teacher of the Year diagnosed with cancer

Heritage High School teacher Caroline Ingle, Rockdale County's 2009 Teacher of the Year, was recently diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She began chemotherapy treatment Wednesday, and was admitted to Emory Hospital for a four week stay where her doctor said she has a "tremendous chance for remission."

On Friday, HHS students and staff donned orange, the color for leukemia, to support Ingle, and made 1,700 orange ribbons. Staff and friends are providing meals to Ingle and her family. Ingle said Vince Dooley even called Wednesday letting her know she was in the "big dawg’s prayers."

Team Caroline’s Light has been formed for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s "Light the Night" Walk fundraiser on Oct. 9 at Centennial Park. Visit for more information. Because of her immune system, only family are allowed to visit. For updates or to show support, visit Ingle’s Caring Bridge site at