March, 20 2019 3:00 p.m.
A well loved local pre school teacher has been diagnosed with cancer and the radio stations of 541radio.com are offering a way the community can help.
It’s no secret that becoming a preschool teacher takes a big heart and a lot of patience, and 38-year-old Roseburg Playschool Teacher Ana Orozco has brought both qualities to hundreds of local children over her past 5 years with the school.
Roseburg Playschool is described as a co-operative preschool that centers around the philosophy that children learn best through play, and readies students for a classroom environment as they near elementary school.
In a social media post made Sunday from the school’s online profile, one of the school’s main instructors, Heather Goin, began by saying “it is with a heavy heart that I am sharing some terrible news.”
She went on to explain that Miss Ana, as the students know her, has very recently been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The post says doctors told Miss Ana that the cancer is very treatable, but it is something that must be addressed as soon as possible.
Orozco has been scheduled for surgery next week during Spring Break, and will be taking time off to recover.
While Orozco does have health insurance, it does not cover the full expense of her surgery, after care or missed wages. According to the post, the surgeon is requiring a “quite sizable sum” to be pre-paid before the procedure can be done next week.
Her fellow teachers, her students, their families and even those who are no longer affiliated with the Roseburg Playschool but have been touched by Miss Ana’s kindness in the past are making efforts to help the school teacher in her fight against cancer and the race against the clock to get the money together before her surgery.
The stations of 541Radio.com will be holding a can and bottle drive this Friday with 100% of the proceeds going to the Orozco family. On Friday March 22nd, bring your donations to 345 NE Winchester St. in Roseburg between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Cash donations can be made at Wells Fargo to the Ana Orozco Surgery Account or dropped off at Roseburg Playschool at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.