Molly Yates

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Molly Yates

Molly Yates with the cold cap and her boys

Molly Yates with the cold cap and her boys

Molly Yates with the cold cap and her boys

Molly Yates with the cold cap and her boys

Arriyah Champion and Marisol Chavez

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        Sophomore teacher, Molly Yates, is back this school year from a long fight with breast cancer. Ms. Yates was diagnosed with breast cancer on October 12, 2018. Normally, when someone has cancer and goes through chemotherapy and radiation, they will lose all their hair, but Ms. Yates has kept almost all of it! The big question everybody is asking is how does she have her hair?

        Ms. Yates was 41 years old and diagnosed on October 12, 2018. She was diagnosed with stage 0, then after further searching, her cancer developed to stage 2. The doctors offered her a way to keep her hair with a procedure called cold capping. Cold capping is a cap that is cooled to thirty-five degrees then placed on your head to freeze your hair’s roots while getting chemotherapy. Ms. Yates had to wear this cold cap for 8 hours and she had to change it every 20 minutes to keep her hair frozen. Ms. Yates had the support of her family, which helped her through her battle of cancer.

        Ms. Yates is a Bullard alumnus of  1997. After teaching somewhere else for 2 years, she decided to come back to Bullard and give back to the community like many other teachers here. She attended Fresno State where she got her teaching credentials, and has been teaching English for 17 years, 15 of which have been at Bullard. Her brother, Clayton Yates, and her father are also graduates of Bullard high school. She has two boys who attend Gibson and she plans for them to attend Bullard. Her family took the news of her breast cancer rough but was always there, right by her side.  

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