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Queen Creek principal passes away after long battle with cancer

Posted: 4:44 PM, Jun 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-26 22:44:52Z

A Queen Creek principal and community leader, Sandy Lundberg, passed away recently after a long battle with cancer.

ABC15 first reported on Lundberg in 2017 as students and staff from Casteel High School came together to raise money to help her in her battle.

Lundberg’s connection with students went above and beyond as a big cheerleader for the 2017 3A State Champion football team. 

But since then, the school rallied around Lundberg and were her biggest cheerleaders.

In 2017 the school held a fundraiser breakfast and silent auction to help raise money to support Lundberg. In total, the fundraiser raised more than $21,000.

ABC15 also spoke with organizers of the four-hour long fundraising event at Casteel High School. One of them is a dear friend of Lundberg's and had to do some long-distance planning from Minnesota to try and be involved.

"Sandy and I started teaching 30 years ago. So, I go back 30 years with her and then she moved to Arizona and we have new friends and new people that she's connected with," said Sandy Forster. "So, it was all of us who came together and pulled this whole fundraiser off."

Now, the school wants to make sure Lundberg’s love for her students and education lives on. The Governing Board announced Tuesday they will be renaming their library the Sandy Lundberg Library to share her passion for reading. 

“Sandy’s love of reading and research is well known among her staff members.  The bookshelf in her office is jam-packed with books about education and Sandy has read every single one, some more than once.  It seems fitting that the library is to be named in her honor, as it reflects her love for learning.”

You can read the full Governing Board statement in the tweet below: