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Lakeridge JH sixth-graders help fight cancer

Students band together on fundraiser for a friend's mother

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lakeridge Junior High students weigh in on fight against cancer (from left): front row, Aiden McCulloch, Hailey Welch and Alyssa Tiemann; back row, Emily Bachman, Payton Moffenbeier,  Emma Krauss, Macy Barhyte, Keely Lipp, Luke Basso, Jenna Barouh and Macy Crawford.When sixth-graders at Lakeridge Junior High learned that Macy Crawford’s mother, Kira, had died of breast cancer a few weeks shy of Christmas, they comforted her. Then, they took action.

The week before winter break, sixth-graders including Aiden McCulloch, Alyssa Tiemann and Hailey Welch set up a table during lunch to raise funds in Kira Crawford’s honor for the cancer education advocay organization National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc.

“It was a really good experience for us because it taught us how to be better people,” Aiden says. “It gave us all a good feeling to be able to do this for someone.”

The students made posters to decorate their donation table and passed out fliers to raise awareness. The group collected $491, handing donors pink ribbons (the symbol for the fight to stop cancer) attached to pins. The Lake Oswego soccer team lent light pink shirts for the fundraiser.

Macy Crawford was sad after losing her mother, but the fundraiser brought her some happiness, Hailey says.

Alyssa agrees. Macy “smiled a lot more; she was laughing more,” she says.

The students haven’t stopped their humanitarian efforts. They learned a fellow student has leukemia — and they’re back in motion. They’re giving her a little cheer and a lot of hope.

“We made a video of us singing her favorite song, ‘Roar,’” Aiden says.

The Katy Perry song could be an anthem for people battling cancer. Its chorus: “I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter/ Dancing through the fire / ‘Cause I am a champion / And you’re gonna hear me roar.”

Contact Jillian Daley at 503-636-1281 ext. 109 or jdaley@lakeoswegoreview.com.

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