On October 10th, the Walt Whitman High School student body hosted the second annual “Walk Away Cancer” event, exceeding the ambitious goal of raising $40,000 for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National Health System. The Walk Away Cancer committee worked closely with Terp Thon, a student-run organization at the University of Maryland that raises funds and awareness For The Kids at Children’s National in DC.
The event took place from 4:00 – 8:00 PM on Whitman’s field with about 300 students participating, including several from our own robotics team. Unfortunately, the event fell on the same day as the as the GirlPower Robotics tournament in Flourtown, PA (where the Whitman girls took 1st place!) but they were with us in spirit and we were with them!
The Whitman Leadership Class, along with our Terp Thon, planned every aspect of the walk. Jaiwen Hsu, a junior at Whitman and bone cancer survivor, led the team in an amazing and tireless fundraising effort, which raised over $44,000 – almost double the amount raised last year.
As part of this team, I helped design flyers and banners (and chalk sidewalks), sold baked goods at football games, handed out flyers at other school activities and used social media to get the word out. On the day of the event we set up the stage on the track, tables on the field, checked to make sure there were enough t-shirts and food ordered (which there weren’t) and we had to run out for more food. We gratefully celebrated record attendance. Several Miracle Families attended and shared their success stories.
This was a great event for the Whitman community, the Children’s National Health System and most of all, For The Kids. I loved seeing this spectacular dream become a reality with the help of so many hard working people.