I had the pleasure of attending Miami Country Day School's Walk for Cancer Assembly. We were invited to attend because the proceeds from this walk are given to The Miami Shores Heidi Hewes Chaper of the Woman's Cancer Association of U.M. (To which I am co-president together with Tammy Austin).
Last year Country Day raised over $45,000 and this year their goal is $50,000. All funds raised go directly to cancer research.
The whole school attended the assembly. The Spartan Cheerleaders kicked off the assembly and were followed by numerous speakers including Walk Chairs and 2 cancer survivors. They even had a dance with the "Crank That!" beat.
Being present at the assembly felt great because I am a MCDS alumni, and because it is heart warming to see schools getting involved in such a worthy cause like cancer which affects so many of us on a daily basis. But what touched me the most was the fact that Miami Country Day is dedicating the walk to Harry Greenberg, one of their senior students who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Harry's parents spoke at the assembly and got everyone teary eyed (yours truly included). The fact that such a young, healthy and spirited young man is going through this is the reason why these fundraisers are so important. A few of Harry's friends have shaved their head in support. Harry's father spoke about CARPE DIEM - "seize the day". The theme of the assembly was HOPE, FAITH and CHARITY.
The walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. Miami Country Day students are selling pencils, sweat bands, stress balls and sweat shirts to benefit the walk. I hope to see you there!
**this post also appears at miamism.com**