Bel-Aire Elementary honors the life of former student
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Bel-Aire Elementary in Gulfport went gold in memory of Austin Guidry, a former student at the elementary school.
Austin was diagnosed with cancer on January 9th, 2019 after being rushed to the hospital due to shortness of breath and severe side pain.
On July 29th, 2019, just six months after he was diagnosed with cancer, Austin passed away.
To celebrate his life, his former school wore gold ribbons and released 30 eco-friendly gold balloons in his memory.
Austin’s mother, Krystal Fayard, also talked to students about the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer. “Everyone needs to know that it can happen to your child, just like with breast cancer, with any other cancer. We need to know the signs and symptoms for our children. Our children are supposed to be so important and all so why not know the signs and symptoms for their health.”
Bel-Aire Elementary School Social Worker Carrie Miller said, “Mrs. Fayard spoke about any pains that you may have that may be abnormal. We also took the opportunity to let them know that children with cancer are still like us. It’s not contagious. We just need to love on them and support them all we can.”
Before Austin’s passing, he was recognized as a star student and received his sixth-grade completion certificate in May of 2019.