Canfield schools raise funds for breast cancer



Canfield students at the two elementary schools and the middle school came together to raise more than $1,200 for fighting cancer.

Marissa Yourstowky, an eighth-grade student at Canfield Village Middle School, expanded her fundraising efforts to the elementaries this year to include kindergarten through eighth grade in a “pink out.”

That was Thursday in the schools and featured donations by students and staff while wearing pink, from bracelets to shirts to wigs. Figures from the two elementaries, C.H. Campbell and Hilltop, were unavailable before publication, but CVMS alone raised a little more than $1,200. Those funds are going to the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center in Youngstown because Marissa wants the funds to stay local.

“We had a lot of donations, I saw, during the lunches, which made me feel really proud about where I go to school because it’s not something easy to battle,” Marissa said. “I think Canfield has a good heart, and they know that there needs to be a cure for it, so they donate as much as they possibly can.”

The class with the highest amount donated will have its homerooms entered into a drawing for a free ice-cream party. Along with that, those who donated received a piece of candy and taped a ribbon to the wall for their class during Thursday’s festivities.

Marissa said she began the effort after her aunt battled cancer in recent years. “Just to see her at the holidays with no hair,” she recalled. “I thought to myself, this changed her whole life and she is so strong with it. ... Just to see her and how strong she’s been has made me realize this could happen to anyone.”

Mara Banfield, CVMS principal, said, “I can’t say enough about Marissa as a young woman. She is kind, caring, spends lots of hours giving to others, and that leadership she’s been demonstrating is going to carry over into life outside of school.”

Both Banfield and Marissa talked about the event carrying over to the high school next year, when Marissa will be a student there.

She also is considering getting together a team of her friends and teachers for a team during the Panerathon, a walk-and-run benefit for the Abdu center.

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