Woodmore students raised $674.06 ($522.81 at the elementary and $151.25 at the high school) for the American Childhood Cancer Organization, just by wearing pajamas to school.
On Feb. 15, students paid $1 to wear pajamas to school to show their support for children and families suffering from childhood cancer. This cause is especially important to students at Woodmore, as fourth-grader Connor Requena is currently battling leukemia.
Leukemias, which are cancers of the bone marrow and blood, are the most common childhood cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. Treatments usually involve chemotherapy or radiation.
|Teacher Allison Rospert and her first graders show off
their pajamas at school. (Windows to Woodmore)
Woodmore, along with many other schools nationally, participated in PJammin to show support and raise funds for childhood cancer research. Staff members even wore their PJ’s to work.
Woodmore nurse Janet Wendt believes the school did a great thing by participating in this effort. “This is one way we can give support to a very beneficial organization,” said Wendt.
As for Requena, who was diagnosed with leukemia last fall, things are going well in terms of fighting off the disease. He has been treated with chemotherapy and is responding well to treatments.
According to Connor’s brother, Matt, the whole experience has opened his eyes a bit. “It made me think about cancer more and how it needs to be recognized in today’s world,” he said.