Students raise funds for childhood cancer cure

WOODSTOCK – Members of Central High School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America organization held a rally at Wednesday’s basketball game to raise awareness of childhood cancer and raise funds to find a cure.

Senior Gwyneth George, 17, of Edinburg, said organization officers sold T-shirts and cupcakes and asked local businesses to create baskets to be raffled off during the game to raise funds through the American Childhood Cancer organization.

“It is the most underfunded cancer, and we saw a need with it being such a big problem in our community and our school,” she said. “And raising money for such an underfunded cause seemed like the right thing for us to do.”

She said they raised more than $800 during the event. At halftime, a Central High School student who battled childhood cancer helped make the event hit home as his mother told their family’s story.

The preparation for the event began at the start of the school year and marks the second year the FCCLA took on the challenge of helping to fund childhood cancer research.

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