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posted: Wed, Oct 29th, 2014

Mount Olive goes pink!

Wrapping up the month of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Mount Olive High School sponsored a variety of events throughout the month to raise money and encourage community support.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, "October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same."

Many MOHS students designed events to raise money and raise awareness for the disease and took leadership roles as they planned and organized the events. The MOHS cheerleaders and girls field hockey team were two of the organizations that participated.

The MOHS cheerleaders designed a "Cheer for a Cure" campaign that helped spread breast cancer awareness throughout the school. During unit lunch, members of the cheerleading squad sold pom-poms and t-shirts and also collected money for cancer research.

Hailey Mireski, one of the cheerleaders who helped organize Cheer for a Cure, said all of the money collected is being donated to the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, which is a part of the Morristown Medical Center. By the end of one week, the cheerleaders had collected over $100 per day in donation money and had sold all of the pom-poms and t-shirts.

Nikolette Kalavrisiotis said, "I think it's really great that the school is getting so into this." Erica Anderson agreed and said, "It's really branching out." The football team sponsored a "Pink Out" at their October 2nd game, and many students came out to the game in support.

The cheerleaders also sponsored a bagel breakfast for the TAG homeroom that raised the most money for the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center in a one-week period. Ms. Casabona's TAG raised over $40 and enjoyed juice and bagels from Mount Olive Bagels as a thank you.

One of the other organizations that participated in the month-long awareness event was Ms. Steinhardt's field hockey team, who created a "Play for a Cure" campaign that encouraged students to "Think Pink." The field hockey team sold t-shirts to raise money for cancer research and played their October 14th game in honor of breast cancer awareness. The whole fence surrounding the field was turned pink with the message "Play for a Cure."

MOHS senior field hockey player, Amanda Turzi, said, "The field hockey team did not expect our breast cancer awareness t-shirts to be so popular! But we're glad they were because it's great to see so many people collaborating for the same cause. We were a part of something bigger than ourselves."

Many of the MOHS students enjoyed participating in the events and helping raise money. Emma Timblin summed up this month of awareness nicely, saying, "It's an amazing feeling to help, and I hope that students will continue to run events like these in the future."

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