School District Rallies Behind Principal’s Son With Brain Cancer

By: Matt Howerton Email
By: Matt Howerton Email
A 4-year-old boy whose father is the principal of a local school has support from his community after being diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.

Kyle Coker (Courtesy photo)

WACO (April 29, 2014) Teachers and students at Connally ISD are rallying behind a principal’s 4-year-old son whose life has drastically turned upside down after being diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.

The boy, Kyle Coker, is the son of Connally Junior High Principal Jon Coker. Coker’s mother, Krystal, is also a math coach for the district. Both parents graduated from Connally ISD and have been working in the district for years.

In March, Kyle was diagnosed with pontine glioma. A tumor is sitting on the pons of his brain stem; the pons control critical functions like breathing making it near impossible to operate.

Coker is receiving medicinal treatment however he is starting to have trouble communicating and is now in a wheelchair.

Connally High School Teacher Jarra Exum is a close friend of the Coker’s and is heartbroken by their situation.

“Kyle was born premature so they thought they were finally in the clear and then this happens,” Exum said.

Exum and Connally ISD officials soon became eager to help the Coker’s anyway they could. They got their chance Tuesday night by throwing a walkathon for Kyle at Connally High School.

The fundraiser will help pay for Coker’s medical costs. By the end of the night, early totals had reached an estimated $4,000.

The funds will help greatly, but Exum says the walk is also a sign to Kyle and his family that they won’t fight their battle alone.

"It's more just to show how much we love them. We are 100 percent behind the Coker’s, whatever they need," Exum said.

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