Warren County Middle School is asking for a show of support for two young members of the community who are battling cancer.
Since August 2014, the school has been Going Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness.
“Each year, we come together to raise money and bring awareness to all of the amazing children that are fighting or have fought cancer,” said Marsha Riggs, WCMS teacher. “Each year the funds are donated to charity in honor or memory of a child from our own community.”
This year all proceeds will be going directly to Jackson Dunlap and Briggs Davis, who are currently fighting their battles against cancer.
Dunlap, 13, and Davis, 4, have acute lymphocytic leukemia and are currently undergoing treatment at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. This is Dunlap’s second battle. He was originally diagnosed in 2007 at the age of 3 and recently relapsed.
To raise funds during the school week, the school sells gold ribbons, gold ribbon tattoos, gold wristbands, and T-shirts. Students also bring money to their home base to purchase chain links for a quarter each. Each home base puts their links together to make a chain. The home base with the longest chain wins a pizza party.
“For the culmination of our event, the school will hold a Going Gold home football game on Sept. 5. at 5:15 p.m.,” said Riggs. “Before the game, there will be a ceremony in which we recognize the children in our community who have fought or are fighting cancer. We will then have a balloon release sponsored by All O-K’sions Flowers & Gifts during a moment of silence held for those who are fighting, have fought, or have gone on to be angels. During the game, there will be small, carnival-style games set up for anyone to play for a quarter per play. Also, during the first quarter of the football game, we have a helmet offering. If $350 is raised, we have a teacher who will get covered with a cooler of ice water.”
The school will be placing a final order for gold shirts on Wednesday. If anyone in the community would like a shirt, contact Riggs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Shirts are $10 for sizes YXS-AXL, 2XL is $12, 3XL is $13, and 4XL is $14.