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HHS Students Rally Support For School Staff Member With Breast Cancer

The Pink 4 Perez Team        The Pink 4 Perez Team with the All Sports Booster Club

 
A team of Humble High School students created a breast cancer awareness campaign that raised more than $2500 for Kimberly Perez, an HHS ESL paraprofessional who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Throughout October, Nia Daughtry, Karrington Donald and Natalie Flier, three International Baccalaureate CAS Juniors, raised and donated $2,045 to help Perez in her fight against breast cancer. In addition, the HHS All Sports Booster Club raised and donated $550.

 

The Pink4Perez campaign creators sold pink bandannas, bracelets, and T-shirts. They also collaborated with the HHS All Sports Booster Club to collect donations at the HHS vs. Porter High School Pink-Out Football Game. During the school day, the team promoted breast cancer awareness by asking fellow students to take #NoMakeUp selfies and stamp their pink hand prints on the “Give a Hand” display banner. Daughtry, Donald and Flier also distributed informational pamphlets provided by Bright Pink, the only national non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.

 

“In the beginning, we weren’t sure how everyone would respond but when we sold out of bandannas in the first two days we knew this was going to be special,” Daughtry said.

 

For Perez the greatest reward has been the overwhelming show of compassion from the HHS campus, especially the students.

 

“During this difficult time, all the work the girls have done for me is like a shot of energy,” Perez said. 

 

 Before the campaign brought them together, the team didn’t know Perez but say their support will continue beyond breast cancer awareness month. The Pink4Perez team gives special acknowledgment to Stacey Hamilton, their IB CAS teacher, for her vital role in the campaign’s success.

 

“I will never forget what these incredible girls have done for me even when I’m in remission, “Perez said.

 

The Pink4Perez campaign is still accepting donations.To donate go to:

http://philanthropyproject.com/campaigns/pink-4-perez/