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The Telegram
  • Fisher Elementary students go pink for breast cancer awareness

  • A pink paper chain draped across the Harry M. Fisher Elementary School’s gymnasium on Friday, as students participated in the second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.

    Brian Lasowski, a physical education teacher at the school, explained each link on the chain had the name of a student in the school from pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade.

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  • A pink paper chain draped across the Harry M. Fisher Elementary School’s gymnasium on Friday, as students participated in the second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.
    Brian Lasowski, a physical education teacher at the school, explained each link on the chain had the name of a student in the school from pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade.
    “It ties the whole school together,” he said, as dozens of students took to walking around the gymnasium to energetic music during the third period on Friday.
    Many of the students wore pink or white to show their support for breast cancer awareness.
    Lasowski said this year they decided to do the pink paper chain. Also, students were able to sign their names on pink ribbon posters and make donations. There were also pink ribbons for students to wear so they could write the name of someone they know who has been affected by cancer.
    “This is so they could see who they were walking for,” said Lasowski.
    Lasowski had his own pink ribbon on with the name of his two grandfathers — who had been affected by cancer — and his wife, Missy Lasowski. He coordinated the event in memory of his wife who died two years ago from breast cancer. She was a 30-year-old teacher at Herkimer Elementary School and a junior varsity basketball and varsity softball coach when she died from the disease.
    Lasowski said he hopes to help children fight cancer by encouraging them to live healthy lifestyles now. “We teach about the signs of breast cancer, how to prevent it with exercise and staying healthy and eating healthy,” he said.
    Lasowski said not only does the event get children active by walking, but it also encourages them to participate in a social event.
    “I think it is one of the best ways to help students to become aware of the community around them and the needs of other people,” said Fisher Elementary Principal Colleen Vetere. “And also how they can make a difference in their own community and in the global community, as well.”
    Vetere said students were encouraged to wear pink or white on Friday to show their support. Lasowski said he and Erin McKinley, also a physical education teacher at the school, talked to students over the past few weeks about the walk.
    “When I came into school there were tons of people wearing pink,” he said.
    Lasowski said last year they were able to raise about $2,000. By 10:20 a.m. on Friday, the end of third period, they were almost half way to their total from last year with $850.26 raised. By the end of the day, he said about $1,500 had been raised and believes that total could increase over the weekend. “Any little bit helps. Just one more dollar can help,” he said.
    Page 2 of 2 - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many organizations go pink for the month to bring attention to the disease, including players and officials in the National Football League. There are also walks and events to show support for breast cancer awareness, including the local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. It’s scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Masonic Care Community in Utica at 10 a.m.
    According to www.cancer.org, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12 percent) women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for breast cancer in the United States are for 2012:
    • About 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
    • About 63,300 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
    • About 39,510 women will die from breast cancer.
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