Coronavirus: North Carolina teacher diagnosed with cancer during pandemic continues teaching

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It's been quite the year for teachers across the country. But imagine dealing with a pandemic during your first year teaching, and then on top of that, being diagnosed with cancer.

That’s what Wil Loesel, a math teacher at Albemarle Road Middle School, went through this school year.

While helping his students solve problems, he’s fighting a battle of his own -- non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Loesel told WSOC-TV he was diagnosed shortly after the pandemic hit.

He said he could have taken a leave of absence, but he decided to continue teaching his students.

“If I go on and leave, I am leaving them to figure it out and that is not fair to them and teaching is a responsibility and something I enjoy,” he said.

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