Comprehensive Grammar School Kids Cancer Club
Community Fundraising Organization
In 2011, a band of fourth-graders at the Comprehensive Grammar School in Methuen, Mass., raised nearly $2,500 for the Methuen-Greater Lawrence American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life by creating and selling colorful duct-tape wallets, flowered pencils, headbands and bracelets.
The club grew out of an exchange between then fourth-grader Emma LeBlanc and her teacher, Kelly Sullivan. Emma showed her teacher one of her duct-tape wallets and asked her if she wanted to buy one. Her teacher replied, “Only if it is for a good cause.”
With a beloved aunt newly diagnosed with leukemia, Emma had a cause — cancer research. Many of her classmates also knew of family members with cancer, and in no time, they coalesced into a fundraising unit. The club’s remarkable first year included an invitation to the American Cancer Society statewide summit in Springfield, Mass., where they set up a booth and sold their entire inventory to attendees.
Now in fifth grade, the CGS Kids Cancer Club hopes to raise even more money from their duct-tape creations. Matching ingenuity with a knack for promotion, the club is likely to reach its goal. Featured in a local newspaper and on Fox 25 News, they created a purse and a pair of shoes out of duct tape for anchorwoman Maria Stephanos, who wore the items on the segment.
Help us honor the 2014 one hundredNominate Your Cancer Hero
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- Tim Cummings, MSW, LICSW
- Lisa Gatti Whelan, RN, BSN
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- Moireen and Aaron Ruotsala
- Yi-Bin A. Chen, MD
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- Richard L. Deming, MD
- Karen J. Krag, MD
- Arul M. Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD
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- Douglas J. Mathisen, MD
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- Mara G. Bloom, JD
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- Amy S. Colwell, MD, FACS
Mass General honors 100 individuals and groups for their diverse contributions to the fight against cancer.
There is strength in numbers and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center proves this each year. the one hundred is the Cancer Center’s annual fundraiser, honoring 100 individuals and groups whose diligence and discoveries, philanthropy and passion have helped advance the fight against cancer. Funds raised at the gala support research, patient care, education and community outreach programs. Meet the Honorees.