If you’re a person battling cancer; that’s hard enough, but if you also struggle to find a way to and from your treatments or find it difficult to keep gas in your tank to get there and back one local school has been celebrating Cancer Awareness all week and they’re trying to help alleviate those added stressors.
Students and staff at Bethlehem and West Liberty Elementary schools have seen the struggles cancer patients may have to experience, first hand; after watching their own principal battle breast cancer and now they’ve decided to do more than just raise awareness.
The name of the program is ‘Giving Tanks’ and it’s the result of students and staff realizing they want to do all they can to do more than just bring awareness, they want to do something that will have a real impact “We’re going to take all of the money raised by these kids and they’ve been so excited to bring in their coins from their piggy banks,” said Stacey Greer, Principal for the schools.
All week these students have been giving change to make a change. What they’re doing with all of that change is something really impactful for people right here in the Ohio Valley, “To get gas tanks to make the cancer people, so they can go to the different hospitals to get healthy and make them smile,” said first grade student, Wade Barbour.
And it’s putting smiles on their faces, too to be able to help. They were inspired to do this program after watching their Principal, Mrs. Greer, battle breast cancer,”It just really matters when people out there, you know that they care,” Greer said.
It’s a topic that still makes Greer emotional, but the amazing thing about her story is, she is now cancer free and wants her schools to help others conquer their cancer diagnosis, as well.
They’ve also been selling cancer awareness bracelets, stickers, and other items to raise money, “We’ve been doing a program to give people cards and gas tanks for them to go to the hospital,” said first grade student, Alli Lutz.
The money will buy patients at Wheeling Hospital’s Schiffler Cancer Center a one time gas card from Tri-State Petroleum to help get them to their treatments.
Altogether both school have raised more than $2,000 to donate to cancer patients here in our area. Once Tri-State petroleum found out how much money the school raised, they decided to match their funds and donated another $2,000.
The Patient Resource Center at Wheeling Hospital will help their patients to fill out the necessary cards, in order to get their gas cards. Once the schools get the information about the patients in need, they’ll send them greeting cards they’ve made with the gas cards enclosed.