|Hundreds take to the street during Mini Relay|
|Friday, May 24, 2013 11:34 PM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
After a brief presentation recognizing cancer survivors, the crowd cheered as they released purple, white and pink balloons into the air. Students from St. John’s, Landeck and Franklin schools and adults began a day of celebration remembering those they have lost to cancer, those who have survived, learning how to live healthy lives to prevent cancer and bonding with family and friends.
The schools hosted a variety of presenters speaking on health-related topics, including skin cancer and prevention, oral cancer and dental health, drug awareness, bereavement and grief and healthy living.
The overall feeling from the kids was of caring and compassion for all people, adults and kids alike, who have been touched by cancer.
Franklin third-grader Garrett Richardson expressed his feelings about participating in the walk.
“It makes me feel glad to do something positive and think about the people who fought cancer,” Richardson said.
The playgrounds were filled with game booths like Plinko, miniature golf, face painting, football and bean bag toss. St. John’s had two inflatable jumping pits, relay races and chalk art, as well as fitness games.
St. John’s first-grader Elayna Will thought the walk was a good idea.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Will said. “The ring toss is my favorite.”
Proceeds from all games and donations will be given to the American Cancer Society for patient needs, such as transportation to and from doctor appointments, the purchase of wigs and to fund further cancer research.
|Last Updated on Saturday, May 25, 2013 12:36 AM|