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G-R vs. cancer

March 11, 2013
Shelby Yates - G-R student , Reinbeck Courier

A few weeks ago, the high school hosted at G-R vs. Cancer Week. After the news broke out of Noah Ohrt's cancer coming back, art teacher, Kassi Nelson, came up with this event idea. She tells me, "I was thinking about Noah and how important it should be for the kids to come together and support the fight against cancer."

Throughout the week, kids were encouraged to wear the designated color for that day, that represented different types of cancer. These included: orange for leukemia, gray for brain cancer, white for lung cancer, yellow for childhood cancer (and Ewings Sarcoma, which is the type of cancer Noah Ohrt has), and pink for breast cancer.

This event would have been purposeless if we didn't try to make a difference as well. Therefore, we collected money for the American Cancer Society and Noah Ohrt. Basketballs of Memory and Honor could be purchased for $1.00, and you could display someone who has battle cancer. We were able to raise $501.25 from those basketballs and passing buckets at the games. The G-R Boosters raised $1528.95 through selling t-shirts and their meal. All events totaled over $2,000, which was divided in half and given to both causes.

On Friday, we had a group of ladies from the Grundy County Memorial Hospital come and talk to us about lung cancer. "They had the kids breathe through a straw and it represented what people with lung cancer go through when trying to breathe," Nelson explains. "They also talked to the kids about other ways people can get cancer, such as skin cancer from tanning, throat cancer from smoking, and etc."

Kassi Nelson tells me that she definitely plans to host this event again next year. The staff is looking at the possibility of having a dance-a-thon and getting more people involved. They hope to get groups of people that can share about cancer and their experiences with it. Expanding the idea, they hope to include more activities that the students can get involved with.

It was amazing to see everyone participating and getting involved! We are so luck to be part of such a GReat school district and community!



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