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High School Students Give Touching Surprise To Cancer-Stricken Bus Driver

Derek Davis

A school bus driver received a touching surprise from his students as he underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments for his cancer.

On Dec. 6, the South Portland High School marching band and a fleet of 20 school buses appeared outside Jamie Creamer's hospital window and serenaded him with well-wishes.

Jamie, 46, who has been battling neck cancer for the past four months, was teary-eyed by his students and fellow bus drivers's act of kindness, the Portland Press Herald reports.

"I felt like crap until they came," Jamie said. "Now I feel awesome. I feel so blessed."

Jamie had been a dedicated bus driver for the past 12 years, sometimes putting in up to 30 hours of overtime. He said he's built strong relationships with his students over the years, mimicking the one of an uncle.

The feelings are not one-sided, as the students have said they return his fondness.

"It was really important to give back to the man who has gotten us through so many band seasons," senior tuba player, Josh Hyssong said. "I'm really glad we were able to make this gesture of support for him and to wish him well."

The surprise performance featured a banner what said "Get Well Jamie!!!" covered in all the students's signatures.  

Jamie's wife, Tammy Creamer, had arranged the surprise musical number in an effort to keep her husband's spirits up.

"This has been such a long road," Tammy said. "I'm hoping he gets the inspiration to continue his journey to recovery. I want him to see all the love he puts out for the kids coming back to him."

Tammy said the prognosis is good, but the treatment does take a toll on Jamie's energy levels and mental health.

Jamie said he hopes to start regaining his appetite and enjoying all his favorite meals again. He also said he'd like to start running 10 miles a day again.

But Jamie's ultimate goal? To return to driving his bus.  

"Oh, my God," he said. "you don’t even know."

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