Friends Use X-Mas Lights To Inspire Teacher With Breast Cancer

Friends Use X-Mas Lights To Inspire Teacher With Breast Cancer

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"I just can't believe this is for me. Why are all these people doing this for me," said Amanda Burnard.

Amanda is a first grade teacher in the Indian River School District and has 7 best friends.

The ladies have been laughing together for years, but in October, Amanda got news that turned the laughter to tears. She has breast cancer.

"It was just shock. It's something that you hear about happening all the time. It happens to other people all the time but it never had happened to anyone in our group," said friend Shelby Honeywell.

Naturally Amanda's friends wanted to do something to help lift her spirits, so they decided to put up Christmas lights with inspirational messages at their homes in the Philadelphia and Theresa areas.

"It's not something you want to have to do for one of your closest friends, but it is nice to be able to come together and rally and support her," said friend Jamie Sweeny. 

"I remember the first one that I actually saw. It was one of my best friends Shannon's and I drove by her house and I saw 'faith' and I thought, 'Did she do that special for me?' And I thought, 'It can't be for you, Amanda,'" said Amanda.

But Amanda quickly learned the lights were for her. Wanting to spread the positivity even more, her friends created a Facebook page called Amanda's Guiding Lights to get the community involved. 

Now people from all over have joined Amanda's friends in putting up messages and posting pictures. 

"Every time I look at them, every time my husband looks at them and my family looks at them, we get inspired every time," said Amanda. 

Next week, Amanda begins chemotherapy and, even though she has a long road ahead, she says the lights will inspire her while also helping others struggling this holiday season.
 

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