In recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Immaculate Heart (IH) students raised $2,131 for Helen’s Room, a resource and care center at Good Samaritan Hospital that provides free wigs and scarves to cancer patients.
Immaculate Heart middle school students sold baked goods during lunch and after school. The Girls’ Athletic Association also sponsored a “Jeans & Pink Day” featuring a barbecue and concession stand before the high school’s special “Breast Cancer Awareness” volleyball matches.
“Thanks to students, and especially to IH parent Roy Forbes who spearheaded our barbecue, the school was able to more than double the amount it donated last year to Helen’s Room,” said Immaculate Heart athletic director Maureen Rodriguez.
Throughout October, the Immaculate Heart campus is decorated with pink garlands to promote breast cancer awareness and research. Members of the school community have also worn pink shirts in solidarity with people fighting the disease.
Immaculate Heart’s fall sports teams have also worn pink during matches and games in October. IH tennis players gave pink tennis balls to opponents, volleyball team members handed out small white volleyballs decorated with pink ribbons, and cross-country runners have worn pink shoelaces at meets.
Additionally, students, faculty and staff members gathered in the campus courtyard for a special prayer vigil for people who have succumbed to breast cancer and for those who continue to struggle with the disease.
Founded in 1906, Immaculate Heart educates young women in the 6th through 12th grades. Immaculate Heart is located at 5515 Franklin Ave. For information, call (323)461-3651, or visit www.immaculateheart.org.
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