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Parkside Elementary Students donate to Goshen Center for Cancer Care

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March 11, 2013

GOSHEN, Ind. --On Thursday, March 14, approximately 70 second-graders from Parkside Elementary School in Goshen visited IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care to make a special delivery:  a check for $1,600.

The Parkside Thinks Pink fundraiser began in 2011 and has raised more than $5,000 over the past three years. The fundraiser also serves as an educational tool, teaching students about generosity as well as cancer. 

“We teach our students to give without expecting something in return,” said Parkside teacher and breast cancer survivor Heather Duell. She has shared her experience with the students and says that “the kids are very appreciative of the work the doctors and nurses do to help people get better.” 

Students raised money for the CCC through a variety of activities, including t-shirt sales, coin collection jars in classrooms, and collection baskets at a high school Pink Out swim meet. A separate school-wide coin drive was also held to benefit a local charity, with all proceeds going to the class that raised the most money. The second grade class won, and they chose IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care as the recipient of their generosity. Students also presented a quilt they made as well as $400 in gift cards for distribution to cancer patients who have finished chemotherapy treatment.

Parkside’s donation will help fund the Goshen Cancer Survivor Network which helps cover the cost of naturopathic supplements for current cancer patients experiencing financial difficulties.

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