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Legendary high school math teacher Jaime Escalante, whose inspiring story was told in the film Stand and Deliver, passed away on Tuesday afternoon after a long battle with cancer.

So sad.

"He did so much for so many people. And he did it with such grace and dignity," said actor Edward James Olmos, who played Escalante in the 1988 film.

The 79-year-old teacher was responsible for transforming the math program in Garfield High School into one of the top rated programs in the country.

He is survived by his wife, Fabiola, two children and six grandchildren.

There's no doubt Escalante's contributions to education will live on for generations to come.

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Stand And Deliver Teacher Battling Cancer, Needs Your Help!

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Jaime Escalante, the East Los Angeles high school teacher the 1988 film Stand and Deliver was based on, has been battling cancer but he is now unable to afford his treatments.

Cast members of the film are asking for donations and actress Vanessa Marquez confirmed that $5,000 has been raised but $25,000 is still needed for Jaime to pay for his treatments.

Escalante is 79 years old and the film was based on his story of turning a group of poor students at Garfield High School into calculus champs.

This is absolutely terrible — and a prime example of why we need better healthcare in this country!!

Keep fighting, Jaime!

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