Childhood Cancer Fundraiser

Childhood Cancer Fundraiser

Since 2015, Oak Forest High students have come together each year to raise money for the Children's Oncology Group. This group aims at researching childhood cancers in the hope of finding a cure. This year, the school once again wanted to raise money in an effort to fight childhood cancer but they aimed their efforts towards those affected closer to home.

Julia Janes, an Oak Forest High School graduate of 2011, was a star soccer player who also battled Leukemia throughout high school. While she overcame her first battle, in college her cancer returned and unfortunately led to her passing. In her memory, Julia's family created Julia's Legacy of Hope, one of the divisions of The Cure It Foundation which works in collaboration with the Children's Oncology Group to raise funds for childhood cancer research.

This is only one group Oak Forest is supporting. The other is two and a half-year-old Tinlee Kimbrough who is the daughter of Taylor Kimbrough, a 2004 Oak Forest High School graduate. Like Julia, Taylor was taught by many teachers who are still at the school. Additionally, her niece, Andrea Bussie still attends the school. Taylor's daughter, Tinlee, is currently battling Leukemia. The family also has a newborn to care for in addition to Tinlee.

Headed by the Oak Forest High School Key Club, the school collected donations every day during second hour for both the Kimbrough Family and Julia's Legacy of Hope. Donations were collected every day through March 22. The second-hour class who collected the most money will win their choice of a pizza or donut party.

Last year, the winning classroom raised $200.00. The school raised roughly $1,200 for their cause. Since the start of this fundraiser in 2015, Key Club Sponsor Mr. Gary Andruch says donation totals have only continued to rise. Efforts continue to stretch further getting the entire school involved.SubscribeIf students did not wish to donate money directly in their second-hour classes, they could also buy bake sale items and candy bars through FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) students. These students pledged to give all of the money raised to the fundraiser. Additionally, DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) sold a "pink drink" at their Bengal Bean/coffee bar. They too agreed to give all of the money raised from the "pink drink" to the fundraiser.

Oak Forest High School Key Club is proud to say they ended up raising exactly $1532.44 for fellow alum and their families who have been impacted childhood cancer this year - which is the most the school has ever raised.

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