Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 marked the 2nd Annual Caps for CURE event for rivals Riverwatch and South Forsyth Middle Schools. Inspired by teenage cancer patient Sarah Barr, who came up with the idea of a Caps for CURE fundraiser, eighth grader Annie Jones took the idea to a friend who attended a rival school, and the two persuaded their principals to create a friendly competition: The principal of the school with the lowest percentage of participation in Caps for CURE would have to wear the other school’s colors to a sporting event.
For the second year in a row, students and staff at both schools wore a hat, cap or bandana to school for a donation of $1.00. Additional donations were accepted for a chance to win prizes.
Ironically, earlier in February, with the event already planned, a Riverwatch seventh grader was diagnosed with leukemia. The student’s best friend’s family was so moved by the fact that the school was already planning to do something to help kids with cancer, the family donated $150 to the fundraiser. With so many chances to win, the student’s best friend won the grand prize, a new iphone 5. Selflessly, the winner immediately gave the iphone to his friend battling cancer.
A Riverwatch parent who was helping out as a volunteer observed the heart-filled act of kindness. Himself a survivor of childhood cancer and so touched by the outpouring of compassion and love among the school’s students and staff, he offered to personally match all funds raised at Riverwatch that February day.
Together, Riverwatch and South Forsyth raised more than $4,000 in a single morning! After the matching funds were added, the two schools donated a total of $6,891.35 to CURE Childhood Cancer!
Riverwatch parent Amy Hulett spoke of the impact of Caps for CURE on the two school communities, “We live in an area where children have been diagnosed with cancer – one very recently. The fact that the kids can do something to help as simple as donating a dollar makes an impact on them. They see that what they are doing matters.”
“My hope is that others can see that if people could just give a little time, kids will get intrigued and they will participate. Cancer is something that’s touching their friends and classmates – they want to help,” said Amy. “You can make a big difference with just a little investment of time. If you give a little time, you will see how easy it is to make an impact.”
CURE is grateful to the Riverwatch and South Forsyth Middle School students, teachers and staff for making such a BIG difference for kids with cancer!