All for a Cure club is preparing for Ride for a Cure this May.
“We pair up with American Legion. They have a motorcycle club and we get them to sort of ride for our club. We have a big cookout and its a lot of fun,” said co-club president and senior Ally Poveromo.
Last year, Ride for a Cure raised over $1,500. All for a Cure is planning on donating this money to three different charities: the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Pennies for Patients), DIPG (the brain cancer Lauren Hill had), and the Lung Cancer foundation.
“I feel like donating to all cancers and being an all cancer club, makes people more subjective to participating. The biggest thing I pride myself in is that we aren’t the breast cancer or the lung cancer club. We are raising awareness for all cancers and diseases that not a lot of people know about,” said Poveromo. “Breast cancer has an 84% survival rate, while stomach cancer only has an 11 percent survival rate. All For a Cure Club hopes to raise awareness and funds for cancers like that(stomach cancer) and show that there are other diseases out there.”
However, although All for a Cure club has had lots of plans for this semester, including partnering up with other clubs and creating a Lay Up for Lauren video, they run into some hurdles. All for a Cure club members are primarily seniors.
Another issue All for A Cure club faces is trying to raise awareness without overshadowing dance marathon. Poveromo said, “While many students at CHS get hyped for dance marathon, All for a Cure club struggles to get students active in our fundraisers. Its hard for us smaller clubs to overcome something as big as dance marathon. You can donate money, but thats not spreading awareness, which is what we want to do.”
Club sponsor Tungfeen Lee said “The club has not had any activities since last time, but are planning for new events. I am very excited.”
Poveromo said, “Even with these hurdles, I feel like we have a had a lot of impact over this community. The fact that we have been able to get out there and grow up for a 4 person club to a 35 person club is something I am really grateful for. I like the fact that we have made a difference in the community and the school. I am so grateful for this club and for it giving me a different perspective on leadership and loyalty. Its heartwarming to see what this club has done.”