DECA fights cancer with public’s help

Elk River High School DECA is participating in Randy Shaver’s annual Tackle Cancer Fundraiser, and they are reaching out to the community to boost awareness and raise money for the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund. 

The weeklong event will start Monday, Sept. 16, and end with a pink-out at the home football game on Friday, Sept. 20, where fans in the stands will be sporting pink apparel.

DECA, with the help of the public, is taking on cancer this week with an awareness campaign for various types of cancers.

DECA, with the help of the public, is taking on cancer this week with an awareness campaign for various types of cancers. This poster hangs in the cafeteria as a way to memorialize and recognize those family members of students and staff that have been affected by cancer.

Each day of the week, students will dress up in a different color that represents a cancer. These cancers were chosen because students in the program were personally affected by someone with these various ailments.

•Monday is orange to raise awareness for Leukemia

•Tuesday will be green to represent Lymphoma

•Wednesday will be gray for Brain Cancer

•Thursday will be blue for Colon Cancer

•Friday will be pink for Breast Cancer and will carry on to the football game

Elks head football coach Steve Hamilton brought the idea to Sonja Weiler, the advisor of Elk River DECA, looking for a group of students that are more than willing to help make a difference.

In addition to this, the DECA Chapter is going to raise money and cancer awareness by

•Having a “Miracle Minute” at the football game’s half-time. This consists of DECA members collecting money from the crowd for a minute and seeing how much money can be raised.

•Drawings at school

•Face painting at school and on Friday night

•And finally, the week will commence the construction of a memory wall in the main commons consisting of anyone who has been affected by cancer in any way.

For more information, contact Sonja Weiler at Sonja.weiler@elkriver.k12.mn.us or 763-300-3377.

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