La Jolla student’s view: Show you care — Be aware of breast cancer

By Zoe Trudeau

Editor’s note: Students in Ginny LaRowe’s fifth-grade class at Bird Rock Elementary School recently had an assignment to write a feature story about something in their community. The class members picked the four best, which the Light will publish in the coming weeks. Here’s the first one, which was written in October during Breast Cancer Month:

I had imagined a family-life-cancer-free until Sept. 15, 2009, when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation believes in a world without breast cancer and they are trying to make it possible by raising money and awareness. The money for research comes from an event called the “3 Day Race for the Cure.” It occurs all over the U.S for all the same reasons: “to raise money for research and promote knowledge for breast cancer.”

Men and women over the age of 16 can participate in Susan G. Komen Race the Cure. The money for the cause comes from friends and family who donate funds for the change agents they are supporting. The wonderful walkers complete 60 miles over a span of three days. They spend their nights in pink tents after walking the whole day. There are vans that assist, picking up and driving the people on the trek that can’t complete the daily amount required. There are communities, like Bird Rock, that have the whole town cheering for the positive participants.

While Susan Komen’s sister, Nancy G. Brinker, was dying from breast cancer, Nancy told Susan to find a way to speed up breast cancer research, so no other women would suffer and die like she did. The Race for the Cure was Komen’s idea.

This is the same reason Laurie Pearl, a La Jolla resident, and two-year “60-mile walker for the Cure “ participates. She said at a recent interview: “My mother had breast cancer and because of it past away so my sisters and I walk in memory of her and with hope that no other women would have to go through what she did.”

The B-8 scholars of Bird Rock Elementary learned about breast cancer awareness too. Celeste Trudeau, a breast cancer survivor, and also my mother, came in and taught the class to make a breast cancer ribbon and pin it to their shirts. The scholars made extras to give to all the teachers of BRE.

Ginny LaRowe, the teacher of B-8, calls this giving Random Acts Of Kindness, (R.A.K). This ribbon-giving was the 2010-2011 5th grade class’s first RAK of this year.

“My heart beat like a drum when I gave the symbol to the teacher, and I think there is going to be a lot of music in the B-8 room if this RAK stuff keeps happening,” says Nora Joyce a B-8 scholar.

Now I too, imagine a world without any kind of cancer, like the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I have learned to take charge and race for the cure, for my mother, for women who can’t pay for the cure, awareness, research, and a world without it.

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