6-year-old uses lemonade stand to decorate town for teacher recovering from flesh-eating disease

Posted at 7:53 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 19:54:03-04

MOORES HILL, Ind. -- A 6-year-old and her classmate collected money from a lemonade stand to make a tribute for their teacher who is recovering from a flesh-eating disease. 

Izzy Russell tied purple bows around Moores Hill in honor of Elizabeth Kruetzkamp, a teacher at Moores Hill Elementary, who recently battled a flesh-eating disease. Doctors put Kruetzkamp in a medically-induced coma for two weeks so she could recover from surgery.

Russell said she knew she had to do something for her favorite teacher.

“Her favorite color is purple, so I put purple bows around the town,” she said.

The little girl raised over $70; enough money to tie bows to trees across town.

“She was really happy that I did this for her,” Russell said.

Kruetzkamp said the whole tribute made her feel really special.

“It was really sweet,” she said. “I was really touched by the thought that they would think of me that way.”

Kruetzkamp’s goal is to be fully recovered in time for the new school year.