BDCHS students lead their group in the relay for life

Relay for Life, an annual fundraiser by the American Cancer Society, took place last weekend, and for the first time, BDCHS hosted the event. While there, volunteers walk a track to symbolize cancer’s persistence, and sell goods and services, where all the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. A multitude of songs were performed by our school choir including the National Anthem at the opening ceremony, “Amani” at the survivor dinner, and “I See the Light” from Tangled at the Luminaria ceremony. The performances featured a live sign language interpretation, with student Becca Walters as the interpreter for the last performance. For the Luminaria ceremony, students, staff, family, and other participants were able to purchase bags which included candles to decorate and honor someone who is battling or has struggled with cancer, and walk as the track was illuminated by the glowing bags. The event also featured guest speakers who were thanked for their vulnerability about speaking about cancer. The event within itself was very emotional for participants but focused on hope for the future –that one day there may be a world without this debilitating disease.

Aside from lending the field, BDCHS organizations contributed to the event via fundraising and selling goodies at the event. For instance, the Student Government Association made friendship bracelets; Tri-M sold popsicles; Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica had food or sale, including piña coladas and nachos; Morgan's Message gave students the opportunity to pay to pie other students and teachers –Mr. Baumgartner, Mr. Cram, Mr. Marcus, and Ms. Brower–  in the faces. The BDCHS “Phoenix Fighters” team had a face painting booth which kids and adults alike enjoyed. Local businesses also joined in to support the cause.