Students walk to save lives

First Posted: 4/30/2009

Students at Franklin Elementary School took turns walking with their grade level around the gym at the school Thursday afternoon in an effort to raise money for Relay for Life.
The school is celebrating its fourth annual walk.
We are so glad to see all of our students participating and we want to thank all of our friends and family members who came out today to show their support of this worthy cause, said Principal Terry Marcum.
She explained to students that while the school has been raising money for Relay for Life for a few years, it all started 20 years ago in Texas when a doctor started walking for 24-hours straight to raise money to fight cancer.
When you see one person walking, you might think, oh, whats he doing? If you see a few people walking together, you might start to notice a little more. But when you see hundreds, thousands or even millions of people walking together, you want to know what they are doing. We are here to celebrate our friends and family who have had cancer. We are here to find a cure for cancer, Marcum continued.
Some of the students walking at the school yesterday also will be participating in the Surry County Relay for Life which will take place on May 27 at Mount Airy High School. The event begins at 7 p.m.
She told students that since Relay for Life began, more than $1.5 billion has been raised by kids and adults all across the country, including thousands of dollars from Franklin students.
In addition to the walk students made luminaries and set up bags to collect Quarters for a Cure.
Marcum commented on the students progress Thursday.
I think it has gone very well. We are trying to involve the children and let them know what this means. Lots of folks from the community have come out to help and I think that is very important.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.

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