Dozens at benefit for two LaVille teachers battling serious illnesses

Lakeville, Ind. A tight-knit school system is giving two of their teachers a lesson in generosity.

Friday night, the LaVille Elementary PTO held a spaghetti dinner and basketball benefit for teachers Lisa Head and Paul Davis.

Head has been out of the classroom dealing with health issues for months, after she had what appeared to be a stroke. Doctors later discovered it was a rare, hereditary gene mutation that affects the neurological system.

"I'm the first one in my family for it to be diagnosed properly," she said. "In the whole picture, it is a blessing because my family now knows what the problem is and we found two more members with it."

Davis has also been struggling with health problems over the past year. In the summer of 2012, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Disease. He had a catheter installed in case he would need to go on dialysis, but he never did. In November, the mother of one of his students donated her kidney.

"My daughter was in Mr. Davis' class and she brought the newsletter home and, I was in the kitchen getting dinner ready," said Audra Gaines. "She's like, 'Mom, mom, you've got to do this. Mr. Davis needs a kidney.'"

Davis says several other parents also offered to donate their kidneys, but Gaines was the first one who was a match. He was surprised and humbled by her generosity.

"It's just overwhelming," Davis said. "That you would think you would have that much feeling from others to be willing to donate."

But, there are thousands of people who feel a lot for Davis and Head. Both have been in education for decades. And, despite their health issues, they're anxious to get back into the classroom.

"I'd like to try and get in a total of 40 years if possible," said Davis, who's been in education for 37 years.

Head is in her 28th year of teaching.

"I'm not even close to retirement," she said.

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