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Not the Usual Class Project: Shoot for a Cure
Written by Lindsay Alfermann
Lady Jays Basketball supporting Shoot for a Cure before their
66-21 win over FZE at home on 1-21-16. This was the first of two nights for the event.
The Shoot for a Cure basketball games took place Thursday Jan. 21 and Friday Jan. 22 at Washington High School. Both the girls’ and boys’ teams rivaled Ft. Zumwalt East and took victory, but some may say that the true triumph was in the success of the events.
While the traditional Shoot for a Cure basketball game did not occur last year, senior Kristen Mittler used her DECA community service project as an opportunity to bring it back.
She organized several activities to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to benefit breast cancer research, including t-shirt and candy sales, a change drive, and prize raffles. Spectators of the games were also encouraged to wear pink in support of the breast cancer benefit and the “Pink Out” student section theme.
“Several people in the high school and in our community are affected by breast cancer in some way,” Mittler said. “By choosing to raise money and awareness for an organization that supports families in our community, I knew it would have a large impact.”
Choosing to host the events on two consecutive nights proved beneficial for Mittler and her campaign. Two games meant twice as much work, but she tackled the challenge.
“There seems to be a different crowd for the girls and boys basketball games, so having two different nights helped me raise more money,” Mittler said.
Through her Shoot for a Cure campaign, Mittler successfully raised $1,260. She and DECA adviser Katie Laurentius presented the check to the Susan G. Komen Foundation Director of Fund Development, Bree DeGraw, at the halftime of Friday’s game.
Mittler was assisted in hosting the events by Laurentius, the WHS DECA officers, and several other marketing students.
“I am very thankful for their help,” Mittler said. “Putting on a project this big alone would have been very difficult since I am a cheerleader and had to cheer during both games.” This success not only benefited the Susan G. Koman charity, but also impacted Mittler as well.
“I learned a lot about patience and determination,” she said. “When something went wrong, I learned to accept it and come up with another plan.” Mittler plans to utilize these skills as she studies Strategic Communications at the University of Missouri-Columbia and in her future career as a Public Relations Specialist.
Video Highlights from Shoot for a Cure Night #1 1-21-16
Video edited by Morgan Engel
Photos from Shoot for a Cure Night #2 1-22-16
Photos by Emmy Lopez
"Pinktober: A Cause I Believe In" by Kristen Mittler originally posted on her blog 10-7-15
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer to affect women. This year, they estimate that 231,840 people will be diagnosed with it. The disease affects not only all 231,840 people, but several family members and close friends of each person as well.
The Susan G. Komen organization was founded by Nancy G. Brinker in 1982. Last year, this foundation helped financially support 50,000 families that were affected by breast cancer.
“A woman dies of breast cancer every 74 seconds somewhere in the world: about half a million will die of breast cancer this year alone” - Nancy G. Brinker
Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with a selfless heart. She wanted to do whatever she could to help other people fighting the disease. Before passing away at the age of 36, Komen’s sister, Brinker, made her a promise to end breast cancer for good. Since then, Brinker has worked hard to make the Susan G. Komen foundation the second biggest non profit organization in the nation behind only the United States government.
I personally feel very strongly about this charity because several close relatives of mine have been affected by it. I have watched some of my close friends at school deal with parents and relatives suffering from the disease.
This upcoming year, I decided to take charge and put on a Shoot for the Cure night at WHS to raise money for breast cancer awareness. In case you aren’t familiar with Shoot for the Cure events, it is a basketball game in honor of people who have breast cancer, previously had it, or passed away from it. I will sell t-shirts, bracelets, and have a raffle to raise money for the Susan G. Komen foundation. I choose to do this because it is not only a way for me to make a difference, but other people as well who decide to attend the game.
It’s amazing how much cancer can affect someone’s life. Researching the Susan G. Komen organization opened my eyes to how common this disease is. I highly recommend you check out the foundation's website and read about how people are so strongly affected or make a donation: ww5.komen.org In honor of breast cancer awareness month, I will be wearing a pink bracelet to school and work every day in October.