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Students Did Something Amazing After Learning Their Teacher Was Discontinuing Cancer Treatment

A community decided to do something wonderful to give back to a teacher who had done so much for them.

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Ben Ellis has been a teacher at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville since 2008. He was diagnosed a year ago with an extremely aggressive cancer. Last week, Ellis decided to discontinue his treatment.

Christ Presbyterian’s headmaster, Nate Morrow, told BuzzFeed News that when the school's administrators found out, Principal Parker Altman got on the loudspeaker and said, “We’re going to go sing to Mr. Ellis.”


Morrow said that Ellis would often organize hymn sing-alongs with the students. “He said in those times he felt exceptionally close to Jesus,” Morrow said. So last week, Ellis heard singing outside of his window and discovered 400 students singing a hymn to him.

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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