Debbie RolenStaff Writer
October 26, 2012
The Logan High School (LHS) football team raised awareness and close to $2,000 for the American Cancer Society this month.
Last year, the team showed their support for the cause by wearing pink socks. This year, LHS has made a school-wide effort to get students involved in their community and helping others. That effort encouraged the football team to step up their game for the American Cancer Society (ACS).
The team wore new pink socks this year, designed and sold tee shirts, and got books from the ACS written with a focus on helping children understand and cope with cancer.
With goals of raising awareness and helping children who have been affected by cancer, team members visited Logan Grade School and read books in classrooms. They donated the books to the school’s library for future use.
Among the students who participated in reading to the children were seniors C. J. Williams, Trent Dalton and Brian Ball.
Williams said he participated because of friends that have had family members affected by cancer.
“Some of my teammates have been affected by cancer and they are my family. I feel like it was important,” said Williams. He also said being with the students was fun. “They treated us like we were from the NFL.”
Dalton said coping with cancer in the family is a very difficult time in a kid’s life. “I know from the experience I had when my grandmother died from cancer.”
“I thought the younger kids should know about cancer and how it affects the body. I wanted to help them out and raise awareness,” said Ball, “The kids listened and participated. We wanted to help them learn to deal with the disease and carry on.”
All three say their hearts were touched by a student whose mother is currently battling breast cancer and that they intend to stay involved in fundraising for the American Cancer Society.
“It was very impressive to see young men so dedicated to such a significant issue. Breast cancer touches so many lives each year,” said Clarissa Fekete, Logan Elementary teacher and co-chair of Logan County’s Relay for Life. “I found it heartwarming to see the impact the LHS football players had on our students at Logan Elementary. The team utilized their position in this community to spread awareness about breast cancer and its effects on families. It was amazing to see athletes care so deeply for their younger fans.”
For information, assistance or to donate, visit cancer.org.