Thanks, in part, to the efforts of the Wyandotte Roosevelt DECA Club, students, residents and local businesses were recently able to make an impact on childhood cancers.
The Roosevelt DECA group has been involved in fundraising for a number of years, but the past two years the effort has gone toward helping C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and its fight against childhood cancers.
The money collecting effort, which runs through the end of September, had its biggest fundraiser of the campaign on Sept. 13, when the Roosevelt football team played its “Block out Cancer” game.
That night, players wore community-sponsored jerseys, the band and cheerleaders wore sponsored t-shirts and money was collected from fans in the stands.
Other varsity sports also have played or will play “Block out Cancer” games.
Another fun fundraiser is the “Miracle Minute” when students scramble to around with collection pails to see how many donations they can get in 60 seconds. They collected over $2,600 in the stands at the football game and each school in the district held one and garnered another $2,500.
With the money count still ongoing, the group has raised about $18,000. Last year the club donated $20,000 and marketing teacher Elissa Cumiskey said they are confident of reaching this year’s goal of $25,000.
Roosevelt connected with Mott Hospital through Gene Skidmore, who is the director of corporate sponsorship at the hospital. Skidmore’s father, also Gene, was a longtime teacher and coach in the school district.
Cuminskey said that through Skidmore the Roosevelt students connected with child “ambassadors,” who came to the school, worked in the school store and bonded with the students. She said interaction with the kids battling disease brought an emphasis to how important the fundraising was.