Though most school districts recognize breast cancer awareness in October, this year Millsap ISD is recognizing all kinds of cancers.
The Millsap varsity cheerleaders are hosting a “Stick it to Cancer” fundraiser to benefit members of the community who are currently battling cancer. Families are asked to color paper ribbons in honor of their loved ones battling cancer and make a donation of any amount. Donation boxes are set up at each campus and completed ribbons are going to be hung up on the walls, Millsap High School Cheer Coach Summer Edwards-Williams said.
“We hope to have a collage on each campus of everyone’s loved ones and just remember everyone,” Edwards-Williams said.
The fundraiser started last week and is expected to continue through October, Edwards-Williams said. The “pink out” football game and pep rally will now be recognizing all cancers as well and will take place Oct. 11.
The varsity cheerleaders are responsible for promoting the ribbon fundraiser among the student body, Varsity Cheer Captain Isabelle Johnson said.
“In the past few years, we’ve realized that we have only recognized breast cancer, and our community is affected by a lot more than just breast cancer,” Johnson said. “We have many different people in our community that have dealt with different types, and so this year we wanted to recognize and raise awareness for those other people that have dealt with different types of cancer.”
Previously, T-shirts would be sold to donate the money for someone walking for Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure or someone in the community battling breast cancer, Edwards-Williams said. Breast cancer survivors are still recognized but among other cancer survivors.
Edwards-Williams said at least four individuals in the MISD community are currently battling cancer.
“There’s just several people in the community who have been diagnosed recently, and so we just want to help if we can,” Edwards-Williams said.
Johnson said the change from recognizing breast cancer to all cancers could stick around as a new tradition.
“There’s so many people that have dealt with different kinds of cancers, that have been affected by it whether it be their family members or themselves,” Johnson said. “We’re enjoying getting to recognize everyone and everyone that we love, so I think it will continue.”