|Messenger photo by Andrea Cordle|
|Students and staff members of Jackson Middle School had to duck and dive against dodgeballs. The students versus staff dodgeball game raised money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Here, Dave Allmon, student counselor, dodges a ball, as he was the last staff member against the students. Allmon was taken out and the student team prevailed as winners.|
Paige Cline, a seventh grade teacher at Jackson Middle School was diagnosed with breast cancer last September. Another seventh grade teacher, Victoria Kraner, was diagnosed with breast cancer 19 years ago and the school secretary, Kay Turner, had the disease 15 years ago.
All three are survivors and they are the reason students at the middle school participated in the Passionately Pink program, with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
This was the second year the students and staff took part in the breast cancer fund raiser.
Last year’s event was titled Passionately Pink for Paige as Cline was undergoing treatment. The students raised $1,500 in one day. This year they raised the same amount. All the proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
To raise money for breast cancer research, students sold pink awareness bracelets for $1 and sold tickets to the students versus staff dodgeball game, held on Oct. 23.
There was a contest to see which student could wear the most pink. There was also a bake sale and silent auction.
Cline said one of the most unique things they had was a pink ribbon display, where the students and the staff could write the name of someone they know who has breast cancer, then place the ribbon on the board for everyone to see.
"The students really get to see how far-reaching this disease is," said Cline. "It’s nice to see the students so willing to share."
Cline said based on the board ribbons, it seems that there are a lot of students who have experience with the disease. She said they even have a few students who have lost parents to the cancer.
"This board showed them (the students) that they are not alone and many others are affected by the disease," said Cline.
The teacher said the pink program was also a way to make students more aware of ways to get involved with a cause.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. Over 192,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year.
There is a one in eight chance that a women will get the disease in her lifetime, though her chance of dying is one in 35. Experts believe the fatality rate is declining due to early detection and better treatment.
All three staff members at Jackson Middle School are currently cancer free.
For more information on breast cancer and ways to get involved, log onto www.komen.org.