A teacher for thirty years, Tammy Waddell, 58, from Sawnee Elementary in Cumming, Georgia died after a long battle with cancer on June 9. Today, her final request is inspiring people all over the world.

She requested that instead of flowers, loved ones, friends, and colleagues should fill backpacks with school supplies and donate them to students in need.

“A teacher to the end,” said her cousin, Dr. Brad Johnson.

“She was just focused on the love,” said her son, Kevin.

Johnson shared the touching photos as nearly a hundred teachers showed up with filled backpacks to fulfill Waddell’s final wishes.

“She had about 100 teachers as honorary pallbearers who carried the backpacks out and back to their schools. It was heartwarming,” said Johnson.

In another picture, we see the backpacks filled with all kinds of supplies, ready to go to students. Project Connect, a school district initiative, will handle distributing the supplies.

Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman from Forsyth County schools said in a statement:

“Waddell loved children. The generous backpack/supplies donations in her memory is a touching tribute.”

Johnson Tweeted that many people have responded, asking where they can donate their own backpacks, but he suggested that they donate to their own local schools in tribute of Tammy Waddell, a truly wonderful teacher.

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