An Army of Support – FHC Community Fights with Fetsch

Posted on 09/11/2017
Members of the FHC Sensations Dance team pose with members of FHC Soccer - with the boys' new FightingWithFetsch practice jerseys


We all have important people in our lives, people whose presence can’t be quantified in numbers or data. They mean so much to us – the joy in their smile, the happiness their anecdotes give us, and the fulfillment they bring just by showing how much they care. The Francis Howell Central High School family wants to return the favor to a teacher who exhibits what it means to be a Spartan, math teacher and Sensations dance coach, Roxanne Fetsch. As she fights her battle with cancer, the FHC family is #FightingWithFetsch.

The FHC graduate, now a beloved teacher and coach, was recently diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer, called Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.). Fetsch is currently undergoing four weeks of intensive chemotherapy at Barnes-St. Louis Hospital, where she is expected to remain during the duration of the treatment. There is no definite timetable for her return home at this moment, but she is not alone. The FHC family is standing with her in this fight, as any good Spartan would.

Activities Director Scott Harris knows what Fetsch means to the school. “Roxanne is such a wonderful part of the Howell Central faculty, community, and family,” Harris said. “She is a graduate of Howell Central and a proud member of the Sensations Dance team, for whom she is now the head coach. She impacts hundreds of students each day with her positive attitude and tremendous ability to build relationships.” If you watch this video on FHSD YouTube about Fetsch, you can see what she means to the students, and what teaching means to her.

“Our entire community has rallied behind her,” Harris said. “Roxanne’s colleagues organized a team in her honor for the Light The Night’ Leukemia walk. Her dance team is selling t-shirts and ribbons to raise funds for her family. All our teams are joining the #FightingWithFetsch battle in wearing orange to support her, and organizing fundraisers. And our entire student body is having an ‘Orange Out’ theme for the home football game on September 15.” 

The community will be working to support Roxanne, her husband Sean, and the entire family throughout the process. At this time, the family has asked us to share the following information with everyone:

  • Very limited visitations are allowed, due to the severity of chemotherapy.
  • No real flowers or plants due to possible germs, bugs, etc.
  • Any well-wishes, prayers, cards, notes, etc. are definitely welcome.

As a show of support, FHC created the #FightingWithFetsch hashtag, which has spread through St. Charles County and the entire Metro Area. The hashtag is a great way to see how many people are doing whatever they can to help this beloved teacher and coach.

Several FHC faculty members are also putting together a “care package” for Fetsch, and collecting restaurant gift cards for her husband and the family while they are staying at the hospital with her. If you are interested in donating, please contact the Activities Office at Francis Howell Central High School. “Everyone wants to show how much she means to our school,” Harris said, “and that we are with her as she starts this journey to treat and beat leukemia.”

The family has indicated that Fetsch is in good spirits, and that she will give this battle everything she has. They say at FHC that you are “Once a Spartan, Always a Spartan.” And if anyone knows their history, they will know that Spartans never fought alone. Roxanne Fetsch has a whole army at her side.



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