Hillcrest Elementary students support a teacher through Tree of Hope.

Students at Hillcrest Elementary have been impacted by cancer and understand the message behind catching the disease early.

Hillcrest decided to have Tree of Hope and raise awareness for every cancer to support pre-kindergarten teacher Julie Garza who was diagnosed in May.

Faculty and staff at the elementary campus decorated the front hall of the building with a Tree of Hope that spans from the floor up to the ceiling.

On the tree there is pink ribbons hanging. Students, parents and staff donated money and received the ribbon with the name to hang on the tree.

Proceeds from the donation will go to Garza for medical expenses.