ASHBURNHAM (CBS) — A Central Massachusetts community is rallying around an elementary school teacher with a rare form of cancer.

Theresa Gusek, who lives in Rutland and teaches in Ashburnham, is battling a neuroendocrine cancer called Carcinoid. It’s the same kind of disease that the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs had.

According to a GoFundMe page set up by a friend, Gusek has exhausted all of her treatment options in the United States. Her last hope is a special kind of treatment available in Europe called Receptor Radionuclide Therapy.

Gusek is seeking $100,000 to pay for multiple trips for Germany to receive the treatment. So far, over 700 people have donated more than $71,000 toward that goal.

Theresa Gusek and her daughter (Image credit GoFundMe)

Theresa Gusek and her daughter (Image credit GoFundMe)

A grateful Gusek writes that she’ll be taking all the prayers and words of encouragement with her to Germany.

“I am so overwhelmed by all the love and support I have received from so many people!,” she said. “I think that the happiness I am feeling from this incredible experience is already helping to make me feel better.”

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Friends say donations to Gusek’s fund will give her the chance to continue her passion for teaching and see her 11-year-old daughter Kaeli grow up.


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