Students at Bishop Garriga Middle Preparatory School and Saint John Paul II High School are joining in the fight against cancer.
This morning, they held their annual cancer walk around campus. They ended their walk with a rally at the high school football field.
This year’s theme was “Punch Out Cancer”. Seventh grade student Sarah V. Urbanovsky designed one of the shirts worn during this year’s walk. The pink shirt has a pair of pink boxing gloves being held up by blue strings.
According to Bishop Garriga’s school counselor Joe Bonilla those strings have a special meaning for the students. “The blue strings are very significant because our very own principal is fighting colon cancer at this moment. He probably doesn’t want us to say that but we love him with all of our hearts and we want to recognize his fight and that we are fighting with him.”
Eighth grader Charlize Linebrink said it was important for her to take part in this morning’s walk. “I’ve had three family members who’ve died from cancer. So, it’s important for me to walk around and show my support,” Linebrink added.
Meanwhile, students at Bishop Garriga have been raising money for cancer research.
They have also been learning about cancer in their science classes. “We have a lot of students wanting to go to college to become doctors and oncologists. So, we can eradicate cancer off this planet,” Bonilla added.