Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of October 4, 1999
Students run to support breast cancer research
Special to the WCR
More than 100 participants from St. Francis Xavier High School will tie up their laces and Run for the Cure on Sunday, Oct. 3.
The 1,100 students at St. Francis Xavier are well known for their volunteer involvement in the community. The students log anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 hours of community service each year.
Run for the Cure is not the only activity that reveals the students' commitment to finding a cure for breast cancer. The school also participates annually in the Fashion for Compassion, a breast cancer fundraising venture in support of Compassion House Foundation.
Five years ago, a few staff members participated in the Run for the Cure. After the race became an annual ritual, two former staff members were diagnosed with breast cancer.
The event soon took on special significance as the two "survivors" joined in the walk.
Students who had mothers, aunts or friends of families with breast cancer joined. Other students who came out to support their friends and awareness of the disease soon increased.
Now Run for the Cure is a well-known activity supported and celebrated by both the staff and students.