Pink Week: going beyond the set goal

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Teachers won STUD Volleyball.

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Teachers won STUD Volleyball.

In 2012, over 14 million people were diagnosed with cancer. One out of seven people pass away after being diagnosed with skin cancer, which is the most common cancer. After 1991, cancer death rates have dropped 23 percent, but cancer is still a very deadly disease.

Senior Emily Rosenblum helping with the conducting of the Pink Week assembly

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Senior Emily Rosenblum helping with the conducting of the Pink Week assembly

Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way either being diagnosed themselves, or having a close friend or family member being told that they have cancer.

When asked how cancer has affected our students, junior Garrett Paxton said, “Cancer has affected me because I have a friend whose mom has had it, and it has been hard to see them go through that process, but luckily now she’s cancer free. But during that stage, it really affected their family and my family, and helping support them was the best we could do.”

Freshman Emily Cox said that cancer affects not only the ones who has it but the whole family.

Not only have Kamiakin students been affected by cancer, but so have teachers. English teacher Joyce Donais had cancer when she was pregnant with her second child. Doctors found cancer cells in her cervix and told her to wait nine months and give birth. Once she gave birth to her second child, sophomore Britney Donais, they found more serious cancer cells, and afterwards they decided she’d have a hysterectomy. Now it’s been 15 years, and Donais has been cancer free.

During Pink Week, ASB set goals to earn and raise money to donate to the Tri-City Cancer Center. This year, the school’s pink week helped them pass their goal of $7,000 and students were able to raise $8,965 to donate to the cancer center.

Juniors passing the jug of donations for the miracle minute at the Pink Week assembly.

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Juniors passing the jug of donations for the miracle minute at the Pink Week assembly.

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