The word “cancer” is enough to grab the attention of most anybody. St. Clair County is no different.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and across America, people from all walks of life have lined up to contribute. Virtually everyone in all walks of life has been touched by cancer in some fashion.
Last Friday at Springville Junior High School, students and community members cheered as over $6,500 was donated to the Audi and Kathy White Foundation, at UAB, to support breast cancer research. The money came from the sale of T-shirts, bows and balloons, as well as donations from around the community.
“I’m just overwhelmed by the support of the students and the community,” said Tracie Hutto, who helped organize the effort along with her daughter, Olivia, a student at Springville High. Tracie’s mother and Olivia’s grandmother was lost to breast cancer earlier this year.
“I know my Mom would be very proud.”
It was not the end of the effort. On Saturday, a group of Ashville Middle School students drove to Birmingham to participate in the Race for the Cure, to benefit breast cancer research.
All of them ran in honor of someone suffering from the disease.
“This means so much to me because when I was growing up and in school, I had teachers who battled breast cancer,” said Ashville PE teacher Kirby Sherbet. “So many of these girls are doing this in memory of a loved one, or in celebration of a loved one who has survived breast cancer.”
The fight against breast cancer is ongoing, and no one can say for sure if it will ever be won. But students in St. Clair County are out there doing their part — win or lose.
We are all proud and humbled.