Meet the Riverhead High School Cheerleading team, like most cheer teams, they support their school & athletics, practice hard at what they do and give back to their community. Instead of giving back to just their own community, Shannon and her squad decided to think a little bigger!
“A while back, I asked our cheer team if they wanted to get involved in a cause that was bigger than our school, something that affects families across the country: Breast Cancer. I explained that as leaders we could be instrumental in raising awareness for this cause, and as women it was our responsibility to help other women. They agreed wholeheartedly and the result is the ‘39K Campaign.’”
Shannon Allwin, member of the Riverhead HS squad, is championing this campaign to really make a difference for women with breast cancer as well as the generations to come in hopes of reducing the alarming number of deaths due to breast cancer.
“We started the “39K Campaign” because of my personal experience and because of the estimated 39,620 women that will be lost to breast cancer this year alone. The idea was born after a few of my cheerleading friends and I were talking about our passed loved ones we lost to breast cancer. We thought…’How cool would it be to get 100 schools to raise $3,900 each to honor the 39,000 women lost to breast cancer and raise funds to support the search for a cure?’”
The squad‘s ‘39K Campaign’ is off and running now as they collect money to raise awareness and fight breast cancer. Knowing that the squad could only do so much in their area, they have taken to the Internets to get other squads involved. Their site PinkPomPoms.org is the point of action for squads wanting to help the cause – sign yours up today!
“Whether we raise hundreds, thousands, or even millions of dollars, the most valuable thing we can raise is awareness! The goal of the campaign is to promote more public involvement in the issues of breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment, as well as educate school communities across the country about the disease. By teaming up and building communities of support and awareness, we can truly come together to make a difference.”
The power of cheerleading and cheerleaders is shown once again, proving that America Needs Cheerleaders!
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