Members of Chaminade Julienne's Student Council presented a check for $500 to representatives from the American Cancer Society Wednesday, Feb. 23, in support of the organization's national Relay for Life fundraiser during a small after-school ceremony in the auditorium.
The donation, made possible by a January student-fundraiser hosted on campus in support of breast cancer awareness, was accepted on behalf of the American Cancer Society by representatives Stephanie Terrill and Jon Thalman, who also coordinates Kettering’s Relay for Life event.
“We’re glad that the youth are involved,” Thalman said. “This is a good educational experience for the students and it allows them to show their support for cancer victims.”
Those also on hand for the presentation included Angela Ruffolo, Student Council moderator; John Marshall, principal; and Dan Meixner, president. A cancer survivor himself, Meixner said he was especially pleased with Student Council’s efforts to help raise awareness throughout the school.
“What the kids have done through this process is help our students recognize that many people in the CJ community have been affected in one way or another by cancer, whether it is a classmate, a member of the faculty and staff, or an alum,” Meixner said. Three years after graduating from CJ, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1987, but has been in remission for 14 years.
“I’m proud of our students because they’re doing what they can do to make sure that another 21-year-old college junior doesn’t have to experience what I have experienced.”
On May 14 and 15, teams of current students led by Jay Bryant, junior class president, will represent CJ during the all-night Relay for Life walk at Delco Park in Kettering. In recognition of the school’s participation, Terrill and Thalman awarded CJ a “We are a Relay School” banner.