People often feel that they can make a difference in cancer by taking part. They want to learn how to help their neighbors and friends, students at school, and people they’ve yet to meet. Austin High School Band and Angels Dance Team figured out a way they could make a difference during recent band season.
Students and members of the community purchased lavender ribbons (a symbol for general cancer awareness) in honor of a cancer survivor, current patient or in memory of one who has passed on. Wearing these ribbons at each game, as well as at competitions, brought about awareness of cancer as well as support for the marching band and Angels.
The money raised ($600) from the ribbons was donated to the American Cancer Society at the Austin High School Band Winter Concert on December 8, 2011. The donation will go towards childhood cancer research.
Eric Paige, Community Development Director of the Gulf Coast Region of the American Cancer Society accepted the donation and said “A special thank you goes to the Band and Angels. I know how busy you are, and I really appreciate you taking the time to do something special for the community and cancer. You should be really proud of yourselves.”