Published : Friday, October 14, 2016 | 2:47 PM
In recognition of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Immaculate Heart students raised $2,131 for Helen’s Room, the resource and care center at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles that provides free wigs and scarves to cancer patients.
For their fundraising efforts, IH middle school students sold baked goods during lunch and after school. The Girls’ Athletic Association also sponsored a “Jeans & Pink Day” featuring a barbecue and concession stand before the high school’s “Breast Cancer Awareness” volleyball matches.
“Thanks to students, and especially to IH parent Roy Forbes who spearheaded our barbecue, the school was able to more than double the amount it donated last year to Helen’s Room,” said Immaculate Heart Athletic Director Maureen Rodriguez.
Throughout the month, the Immaculate Heart campus has been festooned with pink garlands to promote breast cancer awareness and research. Members of the school community have worn pink shirts in solidarity with those fighting this disease.
Immaculate Heart fall sports teams have also donned pink colors during their competitive events in October. IH tennis players offered pink tennis balls to opponents; volleyball team members handed out small white volleyballs decorated with pink ribbons; and cross-country runners have worn pink shoelaces at their meets.
Additionally, students, faculty and staff members gathered in the campus courtyard one afternoon for a special prayer vigil. Forming a circle, they joined hands, reflected, and prayed for those loved ones who have succumbed to breast cancer and for those who continue to struggle with the disease today.
About Immaculate Heart
Founded in 1906, Immaculate Heart educates young women in grades sixth through 12th from its central location in the Los Feliz foothills near Griffith Park in Hollywood. The school has a long and distinguished history, with more than 10,000 graduates. Today’s student body of more than 700 young women is both geographically and ethnically diverse, drawing on students from throughout Los Angeles County. Last year, virtually 100 percent of Immaculate Heart graduates matriculated to colleges, including the most prestigious schools in the country.