Photo courtesy Louise Hope
Pickens Middle School teacher Louise Hope recently completed a 28-mile hike in one day to raise money for children’s cancer research after one of her students was diagnosed with leukemia.
By Nikki Rutledge
For The Courier
PICKENS — Many say there are teachers who make an impact on their students that lasts a lifetime.
Louise Hope, a community education teacher at Pickens Middle School, is one of those teachers.
When the news broke that one of Hope’s eighth-grade students and a fellow Pickens Presbyterian Church member, Kent Townsend, had leukemia, she began searching for a way to help.
She found her opportunity serendipitously.
“It was almost divine intervention the way I happened upon the email that led me to Ultimate Hike,” she said. “I had been thinking to myself ‘What can I do?’ when I scrolled all the way to the bottom of my list of mail, and clicked