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Purple is the New Red: Norwin Students Create Awareness and Valentine Cards for Cancer Patients

WHAT: Norwin School District Students deliver Valentine cards to patients receiving cancer therapy
 
WHY: Purple is the official color for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and team members, Tyler Funk and Zachary Waugh, were inspired to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer through their interactions with three teachers whose family members are coping with cancer. For this second annual “Purple Fighter Day” event, Hillcrest students created Valentine cards that will be distributed to cancer patients.
 
To raise funds, the students have been selling purple t-shirts and bracelets and organized a “purple out” at a Norwin basketball game. So far this year, they have raised more than $4,000 for cancer research.
 
Cancer unit staff will show their support during the card presentation by also wearing purple.
 
WHO:
 
  • UPMC McKeesport cancer patients
  • Tyler Funk, 7th Grade student
  • Zachary Waugh, 6th Grade student
  • UPMC McKeesport oncology unit staff
WHEN: 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13
 
WHERE: UPMC McKeesport, Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology Unit
 
Note to Media: To cover event, contact Stephanie Stanley at 412-855-8690 or StanleySL@upmc.edu. I will meet you in The Courtyard entrance of the hospital at 12:45 p.m. and escort you to the oncology unit.

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