Cancer event raises nearly $900

'Think Pink’ fundraiser was brainchild of Wingate fifth-grader

Abby Robbins setting next to her mom Betsy during a pizza party in Abby’s 5th grade class at Wingate Elem School. Abby organized a breast cancer fundraiser where for every person that wears pink, They’ve raised near $2,000.

One fifth-grader’s efforts to raise awareness for breast cancer spread so quickly at Win-gate Elementary, the month was renamed “Pink-tober.”

Thursday concluded a month of “Pink-tober” events with a fundraiser that will send money to the American Cancer Society for each student and staff member who wore pink to the school that day. More than 400 students and staff dressed in pink for the event, raising just shy of $900.

Abby Robbins, the fifth-grader who brought about “Pink-tober,” said she just wanted to bring awareness to breast cancer because her mother was diagnosed with the illness two years ago and survived.

“My dad had to help us a lot,” Robbins said about her mom’s fight with cancer. “He was like a mom.”

Robbins’ teacher Stephanie Williams said the small community Wingate serves has been impacted heavily by cancer, with many students and staff having family members or friends afflicted with the disease.

“This is a cause that has really impacted Abby,” Williams said. “It also affects so many people, and it has really opened up the kids’ minds.”

What originally started with a letter Robbins wrote to Wingate’s principal, advocating a breast cancer awareness day at the school, snowballed into a project that raised more than $1,000 for the American Cancer Society, Williams said.

The school hoped to add to that tally Thursday with two businesses, Bray Commercial Real Estate and the office of Dr. Cindy Griffith, pledging $1 for every person who wore pink to school. Williams said the school provided pink ribbons to boys who didn’t own pink apparel.

Other businesses — Anesthetic Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Mesa View Gracious Retirement Living and Jeff Brady Consulting Corp. — donated money as well.

“This has really been a gateway for the kids to show them what it takes to push for something you believe in,” Williams said. “Never in my wildest dreams I thought we’d raise over $1,000.”


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