Chatham Central raises more than $3,000 for breast cancer care fund

Dec. 09, 2012 @ 05:00 AM

A local school recently raised thousands to benefit breast cancer patients with a women-centered sporting event.

On Oct. 18, the Chatham Central High School chapters of two Career and Technical Education student organizations, DECA and FBLA, sponsored Touchdowns for Ta-Tas, a powder-puff football game and pre-game dinner to honor breast cancer survivors. The $3,251.40 raised was donated to the Central Carolina Hospital (CCH) Auxiliary Breast Cancer Comfort Care Fund. 

The club students made the check presentation to members of the Hospital Auxiliary on Nov. 7 at the school. Auxiliary Chair June Gunter accepted the donation on behalf of the Cancer Comfort Care Fund and explained how 100 percent of the funds being donated would be used for patients battling cancer in the local area. She also distributed bookmarks and asked each club member to give them to a person he or she knows who is battling or has survived breast cancer so that they will know who to contact if they need assistance.

More than 115 students, nearly 28 percent of the Chatham Central student body, participated in the event by playing, cheering, working at the game and survivor dinner, or announcing. The school community was involved by contributing survivor door prizes that included eight gift baskets donated by the Chatham Central and the J.S. Waters cafeteria staff and ten $25 gift certificates donated by the Chatham Central Beta Club. All the proceeds from the concession stand and school logo item purchases were donated by the athletics boosters for the Auxiliary donation. Local photographer Darren Yarborough donated his time and skill by taking pictures at the event and offering a free print to all breast cancer survivors in attendance.

“It is truly amazing what Chatham Central accomplished with this event; I am continually left in awe by the commitment of this community to support the students of this school,” said Marijo Measamer, one of the sponsoring club advisers. “It is an honor to work at a high school with such dedicated and conscientious students that are taught the meaning of charity and selflessness long before they ever cross through our doors. I look forward to watching this event grow in the future and can’t wait to see just what the Bears can do.”