Children’s Cancer Awareness

Childrens+Cancer+Awareness

Leanna Willett

This past week, Audrey New, Henry Delfino, Emaan Ahmed, and Taylor Glover spread Children’s cancer awareness. They wanted to shed light on how many kids in America actually experience this struggle, and with little time to plan, they put together an interactive week of education. On Wednesday, everyone wore gold-the color that represents children’s cancer-to show support. With HOSA holding a sock drive for hospital donations, students and teachers wore their craziest socks on Thursday. The team also strung socks in the cafeteria to promote the drive. On Friday, students had the option to wear pajamas, paying one dollar in contributions.

Teachers got involved!
Gwin Jordan, Taylor White, Cheryll Feltman, Ashley Ellis
Audrey New and Erin Jones collecting Pajama Day money

They raised $505 by the end of the day, $355 stemming from the pajama drive, and another $150 from HOSA. Additionally, a staff member called in and said she would match their amount amount, raising the total donations to $1,005. Mrs. Wolf, the leader of the healthcare department at Whitewater, shared how ¨the money from the pajama drive is going to the Egleston and Scottish Rite Cancer Centers to buy books and video games for the activity rooms that are placed in hospitals.¨ These rooms are for patients to have something to do when they are feeling better. 

One of our own Wildcats, Luke Key, has battled leukemia since January 17th of last year. He’s currently in his Sophomore year. After interviewing Luke here are some things he had to say: 

Tell us a little about your experience being sick with cancer? What were your main struggles?

¨ One of the hardest things about going through chemotherapy was that I couldn’t really see my friends. I had to be isolated because of how bad my immune system was at the time. That would probably be a problem that most people can relate to now since Covid.¨

Did it change how you viewed anything?

¨There was always a kind of a struggle every day when I was on intensive chemo. It ranged from mental health to physical health. It definitely impacted the way I look at things, one example is that I appreciate smaller things more than I used to, like just hanging out with friends. Despite how difficult and long the treatment is it definitely helped me become a stronger and more understanding person.¨

What does your fight with cancer look like today? 

¨I am still battling cancer, however the treatments are not as bad as they used to be. As of now, there isn’t any cancer in my blood but I am on a maintenance treatment to keep it away. I am scheduled to finish treatment in June 2022. With support from my parents, grandparents, close friends, even faculty and staff like Mr Ward, and Ms Floyd this journey has been lighter. They have helped give me the strength to get through the fight.”

Do you feel like Whitewater did a good job spreading awareness to adolescence who have/had cancer?

¨I think Whitewater has definitely done a great job of spreading awareness.  I heard a lot of people talking about cancer today and how it has affected them. My favorite part is the trivia because it helps people understand the facts.¨ We thank Luke for sharing his experiences with us.