I’m not crying, you’re crying.
Ben Ellis, a teacher at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, is not alone in his fight against cancer. Last week, more than 400 students and staff gathered outside his home to serenade him, and show their support.
Ellis – who has been teaching Latin and Bible at the school since 2008 – was diagnosed with esophageal cancer last year, but he remained involved in the school community even throughout his treatment. Students in grades 9 through 12 wanted to give back to their beloved teacher, so they spent 30 minutes singing and playing instruments for him.
Nate Morrow, headmaster at the school, says: “It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in my entire life. He is one of the kindest and intentionally loving people I’ve ever met in my life. I think that’s what really characterizes him. He’s always pursuing other people in wanting to get to know them and love them.”
Ellis says: “Wow. It was amazing. In that moment, it felt like I was not alone. We’re all together and not just that group, but everybody I’ve known.” The teacher’s wife, Shelley, adds that he has received piles of cards and letters from students, even the ones he taught 10 and 15 years ago.
The heartwarming video caught the eye of country star Tim McGraw, who shared it on his Facebook page on September 10. Since then, the post has received 28 million views, and more than 930,000 comments.