October 7, 2016
The Cypress Falls High School Young Ladies of Positive Action (YLPA) program shows its support for those fighting childhood cancer with a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Pictured (back row, from left, are Heide Castaneda, St. Jude regional development representative; Tricia Charron, Cypress Falls assistant principal; Shannon, Thomas and Maya Green; parents of survivor Eden Green; and Tayverlyn Shepard, YLPA member; and (front row) Nadia Brown, YLPA member; Eden Green, cancer survivor; Desmonae McCloud and Humi Jackson, YLPA members.
By Abby Richardson, Cypress Falls HS
Oct. 6, 2016—Cypress Falls High School students and staff presented a check worth $2,867.45 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital prior to the Golden Eagles’ football game at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium on Oct. 1.
The funds, raised the last week of September by Cypress Falls’ Young Ladies of Positive Action (YLPA) group, came from teacher jeans passes and a pep rally. Bookended by Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September and Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Oct. 1 presentation honored survivors of both diseases on the field prior to the game.
Children at St. Jude receive free hospital care, treatment and lodging for parents. Some of the cancer patients are going to be benefited from this donation along with young minorities and other people with serious injuries. The YLPA generated excitement about the event and the help it gave to children.
“It's a really good feeling knowing that all of our proceeds are going straight towards them,” said Humi Jackson, Cypress Falls YLPA president. “It’s been a great deal considering that we almost raised three grand for them.”
Breast cancer and childhood cancer survivors were honored before Cypress Falls’ football game against Cypress Springs on Oct. 1. Pictured with survivor Eden Green, seated, are (L-R) Monica Albarran, mother of Cypress Falls football player Joshua Albarran; Jo-Anne Hanzelka, grandmother of Cypress Falls football player Cody Cox; Georgia Skopal, grandmother of Cypress Falls football player Justin Skopal; Frances Carrasquillo, mother of Cypress Falls football player Jordan Escobar; and Barbara Smith, grandmother of Cypress Falls football player Bryce Gardner.
Cypress Falls students have also raised funds for breast cancer research and the school community is still finding ways to give back to the less fortunate.
“We have community service options where we continue to give back to the community,” Jackson said. “I would like to help them as well and give back to them so they can go somewhere higher than they are now.”
The school is trying to inspire other students and clubs to help out with the community. They are also finding new ways to encourage them.
“We’re hoping student organizations will want to compete against each other so we can raise even more money next time,” said Tricia Charron, Cypress Falls assistant principal.
It takes time to plan and raise almost $3,000, but YLPA and the school want to encourage people to help out with the hospital and community.
“I’m hoping the community would give back as well and see that it’s not just something that comes to you but is something that must be worked for,” Jackson said.