Mary Casella Hawes, a 3rd grade teacher at C.O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary School, was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 B lung cancer. She is a wife and mother of two small children, Jude who is 5 and Riley who is 2.

According to Ms. Hawes’ cousin, Jennifer Ebersold a teacher at Indian Pines Elementary, “Mary is currently in Houston undergoing chemo and radiation treatments, away from her family, in hope that she is receiving the very best care possible and that she will return to us with a clean bill of health.”

Chili’s on Jog Rd in Lake Worth is hosting, in her honor, a “Giving Back” night, April 15th, in which 15% of their profit for the day will go to Mary’s family as they prepare for the mounds of medical expenses heading their way.

For more information please contact C.O. Taylor/Kirkland Elementary Principal Agartha Gragg at or 561-804-3500.