South Tahoe Middle School’s ‘Grandpa Fred’ has cancer |

South Tahoe Middle School’s ‘Grandpa Fred’ has cancer

Fred Immoor, known as “Grandpa Fred” to many South Tahoe Middle School students, has been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor.

Immoor began volunteering in Holly Greenough’s classroom at STMS three years ago, where he helped students improve reading skills and gave them advice about school and life.

“Grandpa Fred is like family because he loves us and we love him,” STMS student Kourtney Pierce said last year. “He is willing to do anything for us.”

During his time in Greenough’s classroom, Grandpa Fred was known throughout the school as someone the kids could talk to.

“He has a smile every time I see him and a friendly handshake,” student Luis Estrada said recently.

Other students referred to Immoor as “the grandpa I never had,” and “someone who has a heart of gold.”

Immoor is staying at the Veteran’s Hospital in Reno, where he is receiving treatment. He will be returning to South Shore to live with his daughter and granddaughter.

Greenough said Immoor is hoping to hear from the kids at STMS.

“Bless his heart,” Greenough said. “He said that he wants to hear from all the kids, but he doesn’t want them to make him cards or send him cards that say ‘get well.’ He wants them to let him know what they will change in his honor. He gave examples like, clean their rooms more, or read to their parents or get better grades. He just wants to hear that they’re doing well and he wants to stay in contact with them.”

Fred Immoor can receive mail at Post Office Box 216, Zephyr Cove, Nev. 89448.

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