ROYERSFORD – Spring-Ford Senior High School’s National Honor Society was able to raise $1,114 for Phoenixville Hospital while bringing awareness to National Breast Cancer Month.
In an effort to raise awareness throughout the Royersford community, support those fighting against the disease, and honor families throughout the community who have lost a loved one to breast cancer, the group selected this initiative as their service project.
Members sold over 1,000 flags for $1.00 each to their classmates, teachers, district staff members, and friends, and after a week began planting them into the school’s fields along South Lewis Road on Thursday, October 24.
“We’re hoping that by driving past the field of pink, it’s going to bring more awareness,” said Susan Miscavage, faculty adviser to the National Honor Society. “By talking about this, it brings the community together, and it gets people to have a conversation about it. This is a cause that is really near and dear to my heart.”
Ms. Miscavage proposed the flag fundraiser to her students after seeing a similar display while driving to her parents’ home. Mrs. Miscavage’s family was affected by the disease with the death of an aunt five three years ago, which inspired her to propose that the service project focus on breast cancer.
However, Mrs. Miscavage was not the only participant who has been affected by breast cancer. Lindy Thorton, a senior in the organization, lost an aunt to the disease, and also used this project to honor her. Her aunt’s initials, “TLD,” are written on some of the flags.
“This benefits people locally,” Lindy said. The money from the flag sales will be donated to the Phoenixville Hospital’s Cancer Center Patient-Assistance Fund, which pays for mammograms. “You can watch the effects happen right away.”
Mary Palladino, a survivor and math teacher at the school, supported the project since it benefits women in the area who may need financial support for screenings or treatment.
“Breast cancer can hit a woman at almost any age,” Ms. Palladino said. “This project is very exciting to me. I think it’s an important campaign.”
According to Ted Younker, president of the organization, the group quickly exceeded their established goal of 1,000 flags, as more and more student s learned about the fundraiser.
“Initially we were skeptical about the amount of support we were going to expect from our school community,” Alan said. “But word about this spread around really fast, and, seeing how many people in our school and community care, this is something that in future years can continue to promote conversation and awareness. It’s very beneficial.”