The family of Amanda Holbrook, who passed away at age 30 on September 10, 2018 due to a rare cancer, commemorated her July birthday by paying it forward.
Holbrook, who attended Carolina Forest High School and Coastal Carolina University, interned at Waccamaw Elementary in Conway before spending the next four years as a preschool teacher. While at WES, Holbrook's family said the school and the first-graders she worked with became her favorite.
The family did some fundraising and garnered enough to supply WES first-graders with 30 backpacks filled with supplies, and supply baskets for the first grade instructors.
WES Parent Coordinator Hope Lee is pictured here, helping the family load the backpacks into the school. Following behind with baskets for the teachers are Holbrook's parents Tim and Barbara Jessup, and Holbrook's sister-in-law Shannon DeVries. Holbrook's husband Jimmie was unable to attend, as he currently works in another state.
The family said they did not want the first birthday after her death to go by without doing something significant, and the idea to pay it forward to WES was born.
DeVries said she hopes to make the fundraiser a yearly event.
My Horry News previously met with Holbrook and her family last summer - read more about that here: https://www.myhorrynews.com/news/local-woman-stresses-importance-of-faith-humor-in-cancer-fight/article_ca07d5b0-aad1-11e8-873e-e3dd9d267f33.html