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Vail Superintendent diagnosed with incurable cancer

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Posted at 8:09 PM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 23:09:56-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — With a heavy heart, we regret to inform that Calvin Baker, Vail's Superintendent, has been diagnosed with an incurable cancer.

Vail School District shared the news on Wednesday afternoon a Facebook post, where Superintendent Baker's letter to staff was also posted. (To see it, scroll down)

In Baker's letter,he expresses his struggles, his diagnosis (multiple myeloma cancer) and his treatment. He also wrote about the loving support of his family and his dedication to the Vail School District.

In the comments, Baker wrote that the school poured out words of encouragement on his desk.

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Commenters on the post also offered prayers and words of support.

Mark Werley wrote:

" Mr. Baker, you are a good man. You've done so much good for the people around you, and for the students and employees of this school district. It breaks my heart when bad things happen to good people. Please, take every bit of time you need to work on your health, family, and friends. And, if it should bring you joy, by all means, continue your work for the district too. Best wishes and thanks to you Sir."

Sarah Gale wrote:

" Thank you for sharing and always being so transparent with us. My prayers are with you and your family. That is all that is important at this time. We have been very blessed with such a great leader and as a great leader I have confidence that you have placed the right people in the right places in order to continue in your absence."

Amber Barrett wrote:

"What incredible courage and grace you have. Those are hands I want leading our schools. Thank you. Sending prayers to you and yours."

Calvin Baker has been a Superintendent at Vail School District since 1988, or 31 years. He says he will continue his service to VSD as he recieves treatment.

The official letter can be viewed here.