FCCLA students hold childhood cancer rally

Central High School juniors and FCCLA officers, Erika Thorpe, left, and Gwyneth George hosted a childhood cancer event at the boys basketball game on Dec. 17 and raised almost $1,000. Kaley Toy/Daily

The Central High School FCCLA held a cancer rally at the Dec. 17 boys basketball game at the school in Woodstock to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer patients.

Local children who survived cancer, as well as their caregivers, spoke during halftime about their experiences with cancer.

Officers of the FCCLA, which stands for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, and Central High School juniors, Gwyneth George and Erika Thorpe, hosted the event.

“Childhood cancer is the most underfunded cancer,” Gwyneth said, “Radiation is so hard on kids’ brains and there’s nothing they can really do.”

This event was able to take place after three months of hard work by Gwyneth and Erika. After all their work, they were able to rally the school together behind the goal of helping fund a cure for childhood cancer.

Cupcakes, raffle baskets and “Central Cares” T-shirts were sold to raise funds for the American Childhood Cancer Organization. Almost $1,000 was raised by their fundraising efforts. The exact amount is still being calculated.

After their success with this year’s event, they hope to continue with it and make this an annual event.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com