As preparations are being finalized for the annual Relay for Life event, the children of our community are leading the way as they participate in activities to raise funds for the fight against cancer.
Unfortunately, these children are all too familiar with this devastating disease and how it changes and effects life around them. In 2010, these children lost their principal, Laraine Whitear, and fellow student, Cason Campbell, to cancer. They have seen first-hand how this terrible disease ravages the body and disrupts all sense of normalcy.
In an effort to fight back and make a difference, the children of Morgan are doing what they can to contribute to this worthy cause. Students at Morgan Elementary – 640 of them - are already involved in making cards that will be sent to cancer survivors throughout the community. Coin drives and silent auctions have also helped to raise donations.
The cards are available for purchase at Morgan Elementary for a minimum donation of $2.00 per card. Last year they raised over $1,100 and are looking to surpass that amount with this years’ activities.
The students also hosted a Mini-Relay event on Tuesday, May 17th, to support the families of Mrs. Whitear and Cason, as well as those that have survived the disease. Mother Nature was far from cooperative, sending a snow storm that completely nixed plans to walk at the high school track.
Undeterred, students and teachers, along with parents and friends, walked the hall of the school to offer encouragement and show their commitment to bring about change in the treatment of cancer and research for a cure. They also participated in classes on fitness and nutrition and a presentation on summer safety.
The Relay for Life event will be held August 12th and 13th at Morgan High School. Relay for Life is sponsored by the America Cancer Society. All donations to the event are tax deductible. To participate or for general information, please contact Audrey Peterson at (801) 845-5242 or Amanda Campbell at (801) 391-3109.