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GBMS raises breast cancer awareness

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Breast cancer is a serious disease that affects both women and men. It is easy to say, “It won’t be me.” However, one in eight women will develop breast cancer, so it is extremely likely that at least one person or more in your life will be affected by the disease of breast cancer.

Mrs. Fricks shows off her survivor pride by wearing her survivor t-shirt.

In fact, GBMS’ very own Mrs. Martha Fricks was affected by breast cancer and thankfully won the battle without a hitch. “You can’t look too far out; you have to go one day at a time. Be thankful for the days that are good, and you know that the days that aren’t so good–you’ll get through it!” These are the wise words of Mrs. Fricks as she reflected on going through her chemotherapy treatment.  She had cancer for about nine months, diagnosed in April and cancer free in January. Mrs. Fricks says that her biggest accomplishment was completing the treatment because she would finally start to feel better. However, to stay cancer free she must take a pill once a day for five years … she is two years in. A very meaningful part of the cancer journey was the love and support shown by the faculty, staff, and students. In addition, one of her favorite memories was celebrating with her family in the mountains the Christmas after her fight.

Awareness in the general population is something that all survivors want, and GBMS raises awareness in October by having a “Pink Out” Friday as well as a penny drive to raise money to find a cure. “If you are a survivor and you see that, it brings it all back and it makes you feel so good that people feel that way, that they want to help, that they want to create awareness,” states Mrs. Fricks.

Payton Wilson doing Brooke Pound’s eye dots on October 20, for Pink Out.

On Friday, October 20, GBMS held “Pink Out” to wrap up the penny drive. The penny drive was the idea of two students from the school’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). “Two of our NJHS students came up with the idea to raise money and promote a competition between the grade levels,” states Mrs. Gilbreath, GBMS math teacher and sponsor of NJHS. The reward for the class with the most money raised is that Mr. Brandon, Mrs. Murphy, and Mr. Renfroe will be silly-stringed by the students, along with the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade winning classes being able to silly string their first period teachers.  Another thing that GBMS did to raise money for breast cancer was selling eye block and dots on the blacktop the morning of “Pink Out” Friday.  All of these fundraisers went to surpass the goal as the school raised over $1200. Overall, GBMS works very hard throughout the month of October to not only to raise money but to also raise awareness about the devastating disease of breast cancer.

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