By Eleanor Trese, Thereza Zephir, & Daniel Neville
OCT. 28, 2019
During the month of October, the St. Thomas Aquinas High School (STA) C.A.R.E. Club held a Chemo Care Package collection. C.A.R.E. is an acronym for Cancer Awareness Raider Edition.
On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, C.A.R.E. Club members and student volunteers met to assemble and deliver boxes to the theology classrooms, so the STA community could donate items. During the month, members of the C.A.R.E. Club, along with other volunteers, spent hours after school making packages for cancer patients who are going through chemotherapy. The care packages included items such as Chapstick, body lotions, reusable water bottles, blankets, coloring books and more. The purpose of the event was to provide comfort and entertainment for cancer patients during their difficult treatments.
C.A.R.E. Club membership is open to anyone who is interested in spreading cancer awareness and supporting cancer research. At the moment there are about thirty STA students involved in the Chemo Care Package campaign. At a C.A.R.E Club meeting, on October 16, 2019, decisions were made about what types of items would be needed, as well as when and where the main collection would take place. At the end of the month, all the items were packaged, then delivered to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Coral Springs.
According to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s website, “Sylvester’s mission is to reduce the human burden from cancer through research, education, prevention, and the delivery of quality patient care.” There are more than three hundred physicians and scientists working to find breakthroughs every day to help cancer patients in all stages of cancer. Sylvester’s scientists study fifteen types of cancers and provide opportunities for some of their patients to take part in clinical trials to test new treatments.
Anyone who is interested in becoming involved in future C.A.R.E. projects, should see Mrs. Jones in room 227. Every effort helps!