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By Miriam Raftery

June 13, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) — Family members of Santana High School teacher Janelle Pasquale Garrison are asking help to cover medical bills as she battles an acute form of leukemia that rarely occurs in adults.

“We all know that Janelle is a fighter and will beat this, but the next 4-6 months (and beyond) are going to be especially grueling as she will be unable to work,” Dani Wright posted on a GoFundMe page set up to help the family with medical expenses.

An alumnus of Helix High School in La Mesa and resident of the Mt. Helix/Fuerte Hills area in El Cajon, Garrison has taught English at Santana High School in Santee for the past 10 years. Wright describes her as “an incredible mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend.”

Garrison’s husband, Eric, took Janelle to Grossmont hospital on May 18th due to high fever, vomiting and abdominal swelling.  After her diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia B Cell, Philadelphia positive, she was transferred to the University of California San Diego Medical Center.

She faces months of inpatient and outpatient treatment, a bone marrow transplant, followed by two more years of medications and follow-up care to hopefully help her achieve a cancer-free future. 

“I am truly humbled by the outpouring of love,” he posted on a local community forum, asking for help to spread the word to help his wife.

Within 21 days, over $3,625 has been raised.  If you would like to make a donation, you can visit

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