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‘Making Strides’ to help breast cancer survivor

By Staff | Oct 14, 2014

A team of cafeteria ladies also known as the 'Swamp Sisters' will be participating in the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Lycoming" on October 25th to raise money and increase awareness. Left to right: Paulette Wagner, Cindy Gomez, Kari Snyder, Sandy Woodrig and Patty Higley make up the working team.

HUGHESVILLE – The Wall of Fame was mounted last week in the Hughesville High School cafeteria to help gain awareness and sponsors for the upcoming “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk coming up on October 25 and to be held at Indian Park in Montoursville.

Cindy Gomez and a team of school personnel from the cafeteria started their fundraising efforts for breast cancer when they participated in last spring’s “Swamp Meet” in Hershey. This year the group would like to do the 5K walk and asked teachers and students to join them.

Businesses are helping to sponsor them and thus, the Wall of Fame is featuring various businesses, organizations and families who are assisting them with their fundraising efforts. Every dollar raised will help the American Cancer Society to invest in breast cancer research to find a cure and prevent the disease according to the team. Names of the sponsors are being placed on their “Wall of Fame” along the wall in the school cafeteria. “We are adding names every day,” said Gomez.

Between now and the 25th they will be recruiting sponsors, friends and neighbors to help them in the fight. Sandy Woodrig said that the students will be able to put their names on the wall and are only asking for one and five dollar donations from students and staff and ten dollars from the businesses.

Also known as the “Swamp Sisters” the Hughesville High School lunch ladies all have matching tee shirts and as a team, will be wearing their pink during the walk. During the entire month of October they will be wearing their pink scarves in the cafeteria to remind everyone this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month as they forward their efforts to raise at least $500 for the cause.

Cindy Gomez is adding sponsor names to the Wall of Fame which is mounted in Hughesville High School's cafeteria. They hope to raise at least $500 before the end of the month.

As of October 2nd, they were already at $150 and adding new sponsors every day.

A local connection to inspire their fundraising cause is a co-worker, Athena Snyder, who works at Ashkar in the kitchen and is a breast cancer survivor. “This is our first Wall of Fame,” Gomez said and Woodrig replied that everything just fell in place.