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Together area schools have raised more than $25,000 for the greatest patient needs in 2013!


Greater Johnstown High School
Students at Greater Johnstown High School involved in the Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) club are worked on a fundraiser to increase cancer awareness. Johnstown’s more than 80 SADD students committed themselves to a cause which not only had an impact on their lives but on those in the community around them. Members of SADD made bracelets to support our “greatest cancer patient needs” and remember those who fought and are fighting the battle against cancer. Bracelets were made in various colors to support the many types of cancer. Included with each bracelet are the words “Worn to salute our survivors, honor those fighting and in memory of those we lost”. Lisa Miller, RN, School Nurse
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Westmont Hilltop High School
According to the Lady Hilltoppers, “For some of the area young athletes, the cancer fundraising events are far more personal and can be far more emotional for their teammates. That's because for them, those events are stark reminders of a very real disease that has impacted their lives profoundly. If you ask anyone if they have had a family member or friend affected by the disease in one way or another, you will most likely see a lowered head or a yes for a loved one who has battled this disease. This disease does not discriminate as it affects young, old, rich, poor, different nationalities, professions. You may be a victim fighting this disease during your lifetime. Hence, that is why knowledge, prevention, and treatment is so important. When teams support the cause, they become more educated and monies earned may one day find a cure.”

The Lady Hilltoppers have been hosting “Pink” games for many years to support breast cancer awareness. Last year, the volleyball team lost a family member when Doug Spangler, Westmont Class of 1986 and father of former player Hayden, lost his battle to cancer. At that time the team rallied to show their support to the Spangler family. Subsequently, the Lady Hilltoppers knew they would adopt a new traditions so in addition to the Pink Night, they also began a new tradition, Blue-Night to support colon cancer awareness.

The Westmont Lady Hilltoppers hosted the Johnstown Trojans on October 10th for their Pink Night to support Breast Cancer Awareness. On October 17th the team hosted their 2nd Annual Blue-Out against the Bishop McCort Crushers in memory of Doug Spangler. The team asked all fans to wear pink on October 10th and blue on October 17th to support the fighters, admire the survivors, honor the taken, and never give up hope. The team hopes to carry on these two traditions for many years to come. All monies raised from these two events are donated to the Conemaugh Cancer Care Center. Lady Hilltoppers, Girl’s Volleyball Team

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Meyersdale Area School District
Meyersdale Area High School’s faculty and students yearly raise money to benefit heart patients and cancer through the Conemaugh Health System. The students and teachers raise money by sponsoring a dodge ball tournament. Ron Kaufman, a physical education instructor at Meyersdale, created the tournament a few years ago to promote physical fitness and civic responsibility. “This is a way to engage the students in being charitable while participating in a fun physical fitness activity.” All the proceeds from the event were donated to the Conemaugh Health Foundation and will assist local patients. The kids are aware that the money they raised could one day benefit a family member or a friend.” Ron Kaufman, Physical Education Teacher

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