Thursday January 12, 2017
The annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk occurs in the fall at Veterans Memorial Park. The walk, which offers community members a chance to come together and raise awareness for breast cancer, supports breast cancer research as well by donating money to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Every year, students at South Burlington High School (SBHS) participate. This past year, SBHS juniors Sophie and Helen Bujold were school leaders for the walk.
“It was an opportunity to step up and do something that would have lasting effects on the community,” shared Sophie. Her sister Helen, who participated in the walk as a freshman, chose to become a leader for similar reasons. In addition, she saw it as a great way to raise money for a good cause, especially since they have a family member who is currently battling cancer.
As leaders, both Helen and Sophie worked diligently preparing for the event in October. The two designed and distributed hundreds of fliers and collected donations. They also had many meetings with SBHS CDC Coordinator Nancy LaVarnway and Jen Clark, SBHS’s contact at the ACS. Clark suggested the sisters hold a bottle drive to raise funds. Sophie, Helen, and friend, Lydia Ambaye collected thousands of bottles and transported them to the distribution center. As the event date drew near, the Bujolds then contacted every SBHS student who had signed up to remind them of the event while encouraging more of their classmates to participate. Though the planning took a great deal of time and effort, both Sophie and Helen report that they found it rewarding.
Sophie’s experience positively impacted how she views her community. She says she learned that South Burlington residents are very supportive and are more than willing to donate time, money and bottles to an incredible cause. For Helen, the community outreach was remarkable. She says, “It was very inspiring to see the number of people who participated in the walk and the bottle drive. Being able to see the total amount of money raised by the community was amazing.”
Being leaders for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk inspired both Bujolds and they look forward to being leaders again this coming fall.
SOURCE: Zaneta Sulley, SBHS CDC Correspondent