Portsmouth teacher battling cancer wins People Taking Action Humanitarian Award

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We have chosen our People Taking Action Humanitarian Award winner.

There were 12 finalists--the most clicked on People Taking Action stories for the past year. They were voted on over a period of weeks and the winner announced at a banquet at Norfolk’s Town Point Club.

The winner is...Miche Alston!

We first told her story back in November. She’s an instructional assistant at Churchland Middle School in Portsmouth battling cancer, enduring chemo—but her co-workers say she always has a bright smile and never complains. Plus after school, she doesn’t head home. She stays behind and helps with a study hall for student athletes and that's not all.  At the time we first reported on this story, she helped coach the girl’s basketball team, all while battling cancer.

Her story got the most votes. When it was announced, Miche was speechless, wiping tears away and in shock. I asked Taylor Harrell with Southern Bank, our community sponsor to explain what she wins, "Miche will have a $2,500 vacation package and a $1,000 donation to the charity of [her] choice."

Later after she composed herself she told me, "I'm in awe. I'm so excited, so grateful, happy to be the winner."