Odyssey School’s Fifth Graders Make A Difference

Jun 17, 2009 - 

Ten fifth-grade girls from the Odyssey Community School in Manchester raised $402.12 for breast cancer care by hosting a bake sale fund-raiser. The original idea came from one of the students, Destiny, who wanted to help others in the community who suffer from breast cancer. "We wanted to make a difference for women who have breast cancer and to help them get better," she said as she presented the check.

Nina Kruse, director of development for the ECHN Community HealthCare Foundation, was on hand to thank the group on behalf of ECHN's patients and presented the students with more information about the comprehensive Cancer Center that is being built across the street from Manchester Memorial Hospital on Haynes Street. "You have all shown great initiative, leadership and care for others in our community, the best characteristics to have as you develop into young adults," said Kruse. The students were also presented with a small gift, imprinted with the message of Reach for the Stars.

Lia Barnes, principal at the Odyssey Community School, congratulated the girls. "I am proud of the work you have taken on here for the benefit of others," she said.

"We pause on moments like these, where children show us how easy it is to make a real difference through the authentic hope and action in finding a cure for this disease," said Kruse.

If you would like to learn more about ways to help coordinate a fund-raising activity to benefit a program or service at Eastern Connecticut Health Network, please contact Nina Kruse at 860-647-4767or at nkruse@echn.org.

Nina Kruse with students at Odyssey Community School in Manchester

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