Asheboro, N.C. – Katie Bunch is a 29-year-old 10th grade teacher at Asheboro High School. In 2016, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer.
Not only is Bunch working at Asheboro High School, she is also an alumna of the school. Her best friend Lindsay Cox describes her as a dedicated member of the community.
“She’s an amazing teacher, she’s always the first one to step up and volunteer to help any organization, and any club, anyone really. She’s got a really big heart and people see that because she’s a genuine person,” Cox says about her best friend since they were 8 years old.
When she became ill, Cox says everyone kept contacting Bunch to check in on her. She then thought of a quick way to keep her loved ones and community updated on her condition.
“She was just overwhelmed by the people asking how she was doing and asking for updates on her progress and all, so she just figured that she could put a hashtag out there for her private group that she had for updates and that helped people to find it and find her updates for everything,” Cox said.
Bunch, who is still employed with Asheboro City Schools, hasn’t been able to work as much due to her complications. Her students notice the difference when she’s not there.
Hunter Trinkley, one of her current 10th grade students, says “Her stepping way really sucks, honestly. We really miss her.”
“She was, like, trying to keep up with emails and, like, make sure that, like, we weren’t, like, struggling or falling too far behind,” said Zoey Little, an 11th-grader at AHS who has known Ms. Bunch since she was in 7th grade.
Her dedication for the community, her students and co-workers hasn’t been in vain.
First United Methodist Church of Asheboro, her church, will be hosting a benefit and fundraiser open to all members of the community to help Bunch and her family pay for the hefty medical expenses.
Linda Ferguson, Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church, says “It has been amazing to watch people come together and to support her, and just the outpouring of love and support.”. The benefit will be held at the church at 224 N Fayetteville St in Asheboro on Saturday, October 21, 2017
Those who attend will enjoy a barbecue meal, hotdogs, pastries, a silent auction featuring numerous items, bouncy houses, face painting, and other items for purchase that will go towards the funds for Bunch’s medical expenses.