This week on Auburn High School's campus, you’ll find staff, students, faculty and administration preparing for a different kind of opponent — one that has affected its own halls.
A collective effort to show support in the fight against breast cancer, the first Run for Ruby 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will take place Thursday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the high school’s track field.
The event is in honor of social studies and economics teacher Ruby R. Thomas and all others who have fought the battle of breast cancer.
Teachers and students are encouraging and providing support in various ways. Whether they are decorating doors, making buttons, or simply wearing pink on Tuesdays, it’s clear that active participation is in full effect as this year’s inaugural event gets underway.
“Everyone should get out and participate — faculty and staff and students — and talk about participating in the run for Run for Ruby 5K because we all have been affected by cancer,” said Amanda Savrda, Auburn High science teacher.
Shannon Allison, psychology teacher, revealed that three influential women in his life had been affected by breast cancer.
“Cancer is such an epidemic. If you have not been phased or affected by cancer, sooner or later you will most likely encounter the effects of it whether it’s a friend, co-worker, family member, or you," he said.
Braden Gentry, a junior and former Afro-Culture Education Club member, revealed that his Uncle Joey had leukemia and beat it. After his victory over cancer, he grew his hair out and donated it to other cancer victims.
Branden added that his uncle's actions "inspired me to do so five times!”
JoAnna Green, sophomore at Auburn High, knows first-hand some of the devastating effects cancer can have on an individual.
“It was really hard to watch my mother’s strength and appearance deteriorate after each chemo treatment," she said. My mother is a fighter and is now in remission. Our family supports the fight against all kinds of cancer by donating money and items. My favorite is the personal cards of encouragement we write to victims and their families.”
Breast cancer awareness, among other cancers and diseases, including mental illness and autism, are highlighted during October. Organizations nationwide rally together to continue the fight to beat all types of cancer.
According to breastcancer.org, one out of eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer. That’s an estimated 12 percent of women who will be affected by this invasive opponent.
Auburn High is no stranger to taking a stand against cancer and has often partnered with other local community organizations to continue to fight against the disease.
It’s not too late to be a part of this grand event. Visit RunSignUp.com/Race/AL/auburn/RubysRun for more information and to sign up to participate.
Silvia Scaife teaches mass media at Auburn High School and guides the Tiger TV student production staff