Ridgefield resident and preschool teacher Jane Knudsen, known to her students as “Miss Jane,” has been battling stage four metastatic breast cancer for the past eight years.

Two months ago, Knudsen’s left foot became paralyzed. Her doctors originally thought it to be neuropathy from her chemotherapy but now it is believed that her cancer has metastasized to her thoracic spine, affecting her nerve pathways.

“The outcome is unsure,” said Lisa Murphy, Knudsen’s friend who started a GoFundMe to help with medical bills.

“Whether or not you know Jane, this is a woman who never complains,” Murphy said. “Even in situations this deep she still finds positivity in it, while also caring more about others than herself, but I know that her bills are mounting and consuming her because she is unable to work, or even do menial tasks at this point.”

Murphy said any funds raised will go toward Knudson’s medical needs and any other major expenses.

Knudson, a mother of three who had a double mastectomy in 2009, worked at the preschool inside the Ridgefield Parks and Recreation Department.

“She may have been your child’s preschool teacher, fondly known as Miss Jane,” Murphy wrote on the GoFundMe page. “She may be your friend, neighbor, or a face you’ve seen around town that has touched you by her sweet smile and generous nature.”

To donate or to read more about Knudson, visit gofundme.com/ztp8h-janes-journey.