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CHC Community Collects for Worthy Cause

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On Friday, March 17th, the CHC community came together to raise awareness for cancer and cancer research. The idea was brought up by Mrs. Kristen Dodzik, CHC Spanish Teacher, who wanted to raise money for cancer research in honor of her sister who is fighting Stage 2 Colon Cancer. In a combined Middle School and Upper School Assembly, she invited each student to donate one dollar and be able to wear jeans and a color that represented any cancer of their choice.

Senior Hope Wheeler thought it was “really cool and awesome because we’ve never done a cancer awareness day before. I was glad I was able to wear a shirt to represent the cancer my aunt has and thought it was cool to see everyone wearing the colored shirts, not just in support for the cancer of their choice, but also in support of Mrs. Dodzik.”

Similarly, Senior Evan Roesen “felt empowered by being able to wear a shirt that represented the cancer  my grandma has. I was glad I was able to show my support.”

Although the main focus of the day was to show support for cancer, it was also a day for the CHC community to come together to show their support for the Dodzik family.  Mrs. Dodzik was “unbelievably overwhelmed. Words cannot express the gratitude I feel when I think about being a part of this caring community.” Mrs. Dodzik continued with, “As many of you witnessed, it was difficult for me to share my sister’s story, yet the love and support I felt from all of you was paid forward when I was able to share with her that we raised over $1200 in donations to LIVESTRONG Foundation and the American Cancer Society. I hope that our awareness event helped stimulate some important conversations but more importantly, I hope it helped those affected by cancer in our community feel the love.”

Cancer affects us all and the number of students from both the Middle and Upper School that supported the cause was simply amazing. It was heartwarming to watch our wonderful community come together once again. Way to go Dolphins!

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