Funds raised for breast cancer cure
It was another year of success for the Lansing High Kayettes as they exceeded their goal during their annual Trick-or-Treat for Breast Cancer Research fundraiser.
Despite losing one of their fundraising opportunities when the city's Autumn in the Grove festival was cancelled because of rain, Kayettes members rallied together and raised more than $1,000 to be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.
"Their enthusiasm is what really does it," said Debra Hutton, Kayettes sponsor. "They get so excited about this project"
During October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Kayettes set out jars in all of the schools as well as setting up a table at Friday's Lansing-K.C. Schlagle football game to collect money.
Most of the money, however, was raised in one night last week during the Kayettes' Pink Pumpkin campaign.
With their hot-pink pumpkins in hand, the Kayettes swarmed local neighborhoods asking for donations and managed to raise more than $700.
Hutton said she thought the reason the door-to-door campaign was so successful was because so many people these days know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. She said public awareness of the disease has risen over the past six years since the Kayettes began this fundraiser that the community was becoming more supportive of their efforts. During the first year of the fundraiser the club raised $300, Hutton said, so it's amazing to see how far they've come.
Kindra Hill, LHS senior, has participated in the Trick-or-Treat for Breast Cancer Research fundraiser for the past four years. Hill said she was happy when she heard the club had exceeded its goal for the year because she put a lot of hard work into the campaign and was glad the other girls did as well.
Hill has been affected first-hand by the disease, which she said was one of the reasons she always participates in the fundraiser. While in third grade, her teacher Cheryl Rader was diagnosed with breast cancer. Hill said Rader was her favorite teacher, so it was hard to see her gone a lot during that year.
Rader has since beaten breast cancer as well as ovarian cancer and speaks often to the community about her battles and the importance of supporting the cause to find a cure. Like Hill, Rader's story of triumph has affected many in the community.
"There are so many people that have it, we need to find cure," Hill said.
The money that was raised during the Kayettes campaign will be donated in the name of Susan Smith, who was an employee of Lansing Intermediate School. Smith died in September after a seven-year battle with cancer.
The final total will be tallied Friday after jars from different schools are collected and counted. Hutton said it was a community effort and that her and the Kayettes were grateful for the generosity of the Lansing residents who donated to the cause.