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Carver High School students to host event for breast cancer awareness

Published: Oct. 5, 2016 at 3:34 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 5, 2016 at 5:08 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the students at Carver High School in Montgomery have their own way to raise awareness.

For the second straight year they're hosting a 5K Walk/Run called "Coming Home for a Cure."

More than 50 students from the Carver National Honor Society, Carver High Ambassadors and Mu Alpha Theta are putting on the event this Saturday. Seeing the students get involved makes their teachers proud.

"Our students do more than school," said teacher Bernita Patterson-Ryan. "They do more than reading, writing and arithmetic. We educate them about things in life that touch them on a daily basis."

It seems like cancer has touched every family in some way. The event is named after principal Gary Hall's mother. She lost her fight to cancer. It's not the only time Hall has had to deal with it.

"My wife was diagnosed with cancer," said Carver principal Gary Hall. "She is cancer free. Both my mom and my dad died from cancer. 51:24 "I just want to make sure everyone knows that it's my mother's name but everyone is touched by this."

The students want people to know what a difference they can make by coming out to the event.

"I hope they know they are helping people who are battling and those who survived cancer," said junior student Kionna Hooks.

If you're not a walker or a runner there will be vendors at the event and plenty to do. You can get tickets online, at Carver High School during the week or at the event. It starts at 8:30 Saturday morning.

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