OSWEGO, NY – Breast Cancer Awareness month is under way and on the very first day of October the Oswego Middle School staff became actively involved in the effort.
Sometimes a donation is sought to support the fight against breast cancer, but at OMS the donation will be visible for the entire month.
Visitors to OMS will see a bit of pink in many of the staff member’s hair in recognition of their involvement to increase awareness of the tragic results of breast cancer.
Coordinator Michelle Cooper noted, “Tonia Reed of the In Vogue Salon and Spa in Oswego was at the middle school during the afternoon and I am excited over the response. We had 30 women participate in the pink hair Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser. We were able to raise $330 in one quick hour.”
Tonia said, “For the past four years my staff and I have participated in this program to offer pink hair extensions for a donation of $10. This money is to the American Cancer Society. This year we have selected ‘Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’ walk to donate the money we raise. This organization uses its funding to help people stay well, get well, helps find cures, and it’s used for woman in our community.”
Continuing she said, “With the help of the OMS ladies they contributed $330 towards our goal of $4,000 for this year. We run the pink hair program for the months of September and October and so far have raised $850. The total funds raised for the past four years exceed $10,000. This is something I truly believe in and put my whole heart and soul into. It gives me great satisfaction to know I’m helping out such a wonderful cause.”
OMS personnel participating in the fundraiser and displaying their support in the fight against the dreaded disease were Kristie Tonkin, Jane Crossman, Erin Platten, Sandy Burroughs, Mae Pensero, Nancy Spilman, Amy Odel, Mary Beth Fierro, Rhonda Pilat, Casey Lawton, Cindy Zuber, Sara Therrian, Doreen Cook, Johnna Waldron, Kathy Pearson, Mary Alice Brunell, Phyllis Masuicca, Wendy Allen, Chalet-Dewey-Flint, Pam Kranz, Kathleen Comerford, Annette Geers, Heather Livingston, Stephanie Auyer, Ellen Joyce, Brooke Sterio, Sandee Brown, Kris Chalifoux and Cooper along with a donation from Bob Shon.