Hosanna Christian Academy fundraiser far surpasses expectations
POSTED: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 4:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 3:43pm
Baton Rouge, LA (NBC33) — UPDATE (11/19): An earlier version of this story said that the money would go to Cancer Can Kiss My Cups. The money was instead intended for Susan G. Komen. NBC33 regrets the error.
ORIGINAL: Students at Hosanna Christian Academy decided that they needed to be a part of breast cancer awareness month.
After a suggestion from a fifth-grader, a group of students organized Pink Week, five days of events to raise money. They set a goal of $750, and were cautiously optimistic they could reach it.
That was before the week started.
"We've exceeded that. We've, like demolished that goal," said junior Cheyenne Palmer, one of the organizers of Pink Week.
They have held a bake sale, a walk-a-thon, and made t-shirts with the slogan, "Feet to Our Faith."
In between volleyball matches Wednesday night, HCA honored a pair of breast cancer survivors.
"It's awesome that they're raising (money)," Mia Johnson said. "It's awesome that they're learning about it, that they could be aware about it. So it's great."
The challenges faced by breast cancer patients are things that children often do not understand.
"And I didn't even understand it until I went through it," Johnson admitted, "so I just take this opportunity to be a witness to tell other people about it, that you can be a survivor."
All that effort let the kids from Hosanna raise a lot more than they planned.
"The goal was $750. (I think we have raised) about $3,000," Palmer guessed. "I don't want to lie to you."
She did not yet know that she and the other organizers had already brought in more than $4,000.
Along with learning more about breast cancer, the students at HCA learned something about each other.
"They're really supportive," Palmer said. "If we all come together, that we can each support each other. And we realized, when it's for a goal, or a project that's really as big as breast cancer, that we can come together as a family and we can support it."
HCA has more fundraising events planned for the remainder of the week. Instead of their original goal of $750, the students are now aiming for $5,000.