Race for the Cure

Texarkana held the Susan G. Komen 5K on Saturday

October 24, 2014

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Photo by Sara Rogers

Freshman cross country runner Ryann Williams crosses the finish line at the 16th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Many Texas High students participated as participants and volunteers.

October, or Breast Cancer Awareness month, is full of events for remembering the victims and celebrating our survivors. One of the biggest fundraisers and community events that takes place is the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure, a 5K run and walk that was held at the Four States Fairgrounds on Oct.18. Many StuCo and Leadership students volunteered at the race, cleaning up and closing down after a morning of raising awareness.

Most of the volunteers cleaned up, but there were so many that it was difficult to find work. The turnout was so amazing that the stage area was clean in a mere 20 minutes after all the activities had ended.

It’s a way for students to not only giving back to the community, but also being able to serve and honor the survivors and the ones being remembered.

“I came out here to help clean up and do whatever I can,” senior K.J.Reid said. “I want to do my part for the survivors.”

For some, volunteering with a school group was a new experience.

“This is my first time doing a service project with Stuco,” freshman Claire Doan said. “We picked up trash, put away chairs, and ate pink ice cream.”

From the smiles they pass by on the course, to the fist pumps and the ocean of pink that surrounds them, students leave this event with a sense of gratitude for the ways their lives were touched.

“It’s amazing seeing all these volunteers and being able to help everyone,” sophomore Carson Jones said. “It’s really great doing such an awesome thing for the community,”

 

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