A teacher with only months to live has embarked on a journey across the US to find out whether he really made a difference in his former students' lives.
David Menasche has stage-four brain cancer and is losing his battle after three operations, chemotherapy and radiation, USA Today reports.
After a recent seizure led to brain swelling and decreased vision, the 40-year-old Miami high school teacher realised he couldn't keep teaching but didn't want to sit at home doing nothing.
He posted a message on Facebook in August asking if any former students had a place for him to stay, and within two days students in 50 cities had replied.
He has visited 50 former students in 12 cities so far and says he wants to know whether he has been a good teacher.
"I am at the end of my life," Mr Menasche said.
"I don't know how much longer I have left, and I just wanted that sense of satisfaction that the time I did have I used well."
He said his cancer treatment had caused extensive memory loss and he hoped his students' stories would also help him remember.
"I don't remember my childhood at all," he said.
"In fact, I don't remember anything prior to roughly 16 or 17 years old.
"And even the things that I was doing as a teacher are somewhat spotty."
Last week, he slept on the couch of former student and aspiring screenwriter Stephen Palahach.
Mr Palahach said as a teacher Mr Menasche had known all the bands he and his friends listened to and had pushed him to be open-minded about what he read.
"I've had great teachers in my life, but he was really present in the moment," Mr Palahach said.
Mr Menasche taught nearly 3000 students while working as an English teacher for 15 years.
An online fundraising campaign is helping to pay for his trip and he hopes to write a book about interviews with his students.
Author: Alexandra Pleffer, Approving Editor: Fiona Willan