Guntown raises money for Komen foundation

By Chris Kieffer | NEMS Daily Journal

GUNTOWN – Students at Guntown Middle School raised more than $3,500 last week for breast cancer research.
The school presented a $3,550 check to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation during a school-wide assembly on Monday. That money was raised during the school’s Race for the Cure Event on Oct. 26.
The foundation promotes breast cancer research, awareness and support for those dealing with the illness.
“I don’t think there is anything you could have done that you can be more proud of than what you did last week,” Guntown gifted teacher Mimi Blanchard told students at the assembly. “That amount of money might be the difference in finding a cure or it might help create a pamphlet that raises awareness. You could have saved a life.”
Guntown’s event honored two breast cancer survivors on the school’s faculty, gifted teacher Angela Doty and librarian Cheryl Bradley. Approximately 127 girls, 65 boys and four teachers paid to participate in a 1.5-mile race, and about 138 students and teachers participated in a one-mile fun walk.
Students could also donate money to participate in various activities like face painting, a cake walk, an inflatable obstacle course and a pink balloon release. They could buy pink cotton candy, snow cones, cookies, cupcakes and lemonade.
Two students wore shirts with Bradley’s and Doty’s names printed on them.
“I was so impressed that children this age thought and cared about other people so much,” Bradley said.
Shannon Fryery, board president of the North Mississippi Komen affiliate, was at the school on Monday to receive the check. She said more schools are beginning to host their own Race for the Cure events.
“We are starting to see more and more schools be involved to honor staff members who have been affected,” Fryery said. “It is a good way for schools to help students understand the impact of breast cancer and also the impact they can have at an early age in the fight against breast cancer.”
chris.kieffer@journalinc.com