SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Every color of the rainbow was seen at Lakeside High School this month. The first Lakeside Loop, “Color for Cancer” took place on May 9 in honor of many special causes. Students could be seen racing around the campus, covered in various shades of powdered paint. Each participant possessed a personal story regarding his decision to take part in the event.
This innovative fund-raiser involved teams consisting of runners, who would sprint around the building, and throwers, who would heave bags of dust-like paint at the contenders. More than 350 students were involved in the worthwhile cause, earning more than $1,000 in donations. “I’m glad to see the students so excited to be involved in such an important occasion,” said Annmarie Kistler.
Although the run may seem like all fun and games, the serious foundation behind it proves to be anything but. The proceeds went to the Pelatonia Cancer Research Center for breast cancer, brain cancer, childhood cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer, leukemia, lymphoma and melanoma.
Lisa Raffa, event coordinator, said, “My dad passed away from a battle with cancer, and I wanted to do something to honor his memory.”
Each team sponsor retained an account that influenced his/her choice to participate. These supporters included: Stephanie Anservitz, Joyce Bietel, Donna Bushnell, Jodi Candela, Annmarie Kistler, Jostalyn Krieder, Rob Livingston, Julie Meaney, Lynne Montgomery, Rosemary Penna, Janice Timonere, Brian Toth, Tyler Wilber and Rhoda Wilson.
Livingston, who has suffered from prostate cancer for two and a half years, said, “It was very touching and emotional. I think it’s the most worthy event that we have ever done at Lakeside.”
Other teachers had their own stories to share as well. Penna chose to contribute in support of her friend Jake Sposito, who passed away from brain cancer recently. Timonere’s reason involved her mother who lost a fight with leukemia more than 15 years ago. Wilber, who has experienced the pain of pancreatic cancer through the eyes of his loved ones, hoped to champion his father-in-law, grandfather and his aunt, who is battling the disease. Hoping to honor breast cancer survivors, Candela partook on behalf of a student’s mother and a childhood friend.