Maroon & Gold Goes Pink With Laps for Life

Maroon & Gold Goes Pink With Laps for Life
Posted on 10/12/2018
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For the past several years, West Allis Central High School's, Think Pink! Committee, has been raising funds for “ABCD” (After Breast Cancer Diagnosis), a local charity that pairs breast cancer survivors with people still fighting the disease.

On Thursday, October 25, 2018, students and staff will be joining forces to beat breast cancer by walking in a Laps for Life event.

Heather Bain, a Social Studies teacher at Central, is helping coordinate the event. “Students form eight-person teams and each member of the team will walks laps in the field house for one period of the school day.  Students donate $5 per period of walking. Throughout the day, we take team photos and track laps.”

In addition to the walkathon, Central Perk, the student-run coffee shop headed by Special Education teacher, Marnie McCann, offers several Think Pink! Coffee specials and donates their proceeds to the cause.  InterAct Club Advisor, Dave Owens, works with students to sell candy, run a bake sale and hold a luncheon fundraiser for teachers. National Honor Society Advisors, Angela Gerloski and Natalie Walter, have students paint the outside wall.  “Our students are also making donations to see a few “lucky” teachers have their heads shaved!” said Gerloski.

About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12.4%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,960 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.

“Many of our students know someone who has battled this disease,” explains Bain, “ABCD provides mentors for people with breast cancer.  It’s a unique way for survivors to help those battling breast cancer. We are proud of our students and staff - everyone gets behind this cause.”