By NATALIE SCOTT
Austintown Middle School sixth-grade students earned a fun day Nov. 26 from the school for their hard work in earning more than $1,500 to donate to the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research. Students were responsible for collecting the money to donate in many ways, sometimes traveling door-to-door.
“I asked all of my family to donate at Thanksgiving dinner,” said Ryleigh Morgan, an AMS student. “I learned that we need to take care of our bodies and cancer research is really important to do that.”
AMS chose the Jimmy V Foundation for their fundraiser because of Dorothy DelBoccio’s, one of the organizers of the event, father. DelBoccio grew up with an admiration for Jim Valvano, a former college basketball coach, who tragically lost his battle to cancer in 1993.
“My dad passed away from cancer when I was 17 and he loved Jimmy V,” said DelBoccio. “Picking this foundation was a way of honoring him.”
To celebrate the students’ success in a way that Valvano would have approved of, AMS students were rewarded with a day of running, jumping, and playing basketball. When students were not on the court, they filled out flipbooks and timelines that detailed cancer research and symptoms.
For more information on the V Foundation or to make a donation, visit www.jimmyv.org.