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Vicki Leibeck-Owsley's friend calls for support

Just over a year after Adair County High School English teacher and Academic Team Coach Vicki Leibeck-Owsley represented Adair County High School on Jeopardy! she is battling for her life against pancreatic cancer.

Her family, friends and coworkers are battling alongside her, finding ways to help as they pray for her healing. Vicki's friend Kathryn Gray Tabb took to social media and posted the requests below, letting everyone know specific ways they may help. She also started a GoFundMe page, the link is below, to help raise funds to take care of what insurance will not.

Kathryn writes, "Hey there! While I would love to spend my time and space posting about a life WELL lived that deserves all the celebration in the world, sadly, we live in a country where trying to survive cancer is really expensive, and the noble profession of teaching doesn't pay well enough to prevent it from being crippling debt.

"And let's all admit that at 31 years old (as of Saturday), it wasn't fair of cancer to expect them to have savings to blow on chemo and hospital stays.

"So, instead I am using this platform to ask you to celebrate the life of Vicki Leibeck-Owsley, high school English teacher in Adair County, to donate money to cover medical bills for one of the bluegrass state's greatest teachers and all around humans.

The GoFundMe page stands at $17,495 as this is posted on Columbia Magazine, Wednesday morning, September 16, 2020. Click this link to go make a contribution.

"I want her husband to remember her when he hears the music they loved and sees the photos on the walls... not by the bills in the mailbox.

"She is coming home on Hospice and will be with her family in her remaining weeks. Thank you friends.

"If you can't donate, then VOTE. Vote for a 2020 candidate who believes in healthcare reform... so we don't have to ask our friends to pay our unpredictable medical bills. (Sorry, I JUST did a FB birthday fundraiser for Markey Cancer Center. I didn't see this need coming). For the record, Markey has taken FANTASTIC care of her and tried every possible option to treat her rare pancreatic cancer." -- Kathryn Gray Tabb

This story was posted on 2020-09-16 09:05:40
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Vicki Leibeck-Owsley and husband Sean

2020-09-17 - Adair County, KY - Photo from family collection.
In February of this year, Vicki Leibeck Owsley, pictured here with her husband Sean, was awarded the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English (KCTE) High School Teacher of the Year Award after having been nominated by student Christopher Stuchell.

Around her work at Adair County High School and all through the year she has been in treatment fighting a rare form of pancreatic cancer. The GoFundMe page started by her good friend Kathryn Tabb to help with expenses stands at $20,965 at 5amCT Thursday, September 17, 2020. The link to make donations is in the accompanying story.

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Vigil this evening for Vicki Leibeck-Owsley at ACHS

2020-09-17 - Columbia, KY - Photo from family collection.
Today, the students and staff of Adair County Schools are mourning the loss of one of their own. Vicki Leibeck-Owsley passed away overnight. She was a fierce friend, a compassionate role model, a selfless strong woman, and a kind soul.

Vicki believed in the power of words, and today we find ourselves without words to express our loss or to offer up as comfort for her family. Her story isn't over. The next chapters have already been drafted through the many lives she has touched. Let's pay her tribute and lift up prayers for her family.

The vigil for Vicki will be held tonight, Thursday, September 17, 2020, at: Circle drive and grassy lawn at ACHS at 7pmCT. There will be hand sanitizing stations and extra masks on hand - parking lots will be open - student lot, teacher lot, lot behind the gym. Do not park in the circle drive.

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