WCHS Health Pathway teams up with Otterbein University and The Spielman Center to raise breast cancer awareness

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Westerville Central High School’s Health Pathway students sponsored several events recently to raise awareness of breast cancer in Ohio, including a fundraiser in honor of a Westerville North High School graduate who passed away from inflammatory breast cancer and a Pink Out football game against New Albany on Oct. 21.

As part of a week-long campaign, students wrote well wishes and encouragement on pink ribbons to honor breast cancer patients during the school’s FlyTime period. The ribbons were posted throughout the school and at the Oct. 21 football game.

Classes also decorated their doors to raise awareness about the disease with students in Lauren Falinski and Stephanie Matushoneck’s FlyTime classes receiving donuts for their hard work.

During the football game against New Albany, health pathway students wore pink and distributed beads and temporary tattoos in support of the cause to football patrons and guests. Otterbein University’s Public Health education program, the American Red Cross blood drive, and the Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center at the James/Spielman Center were all on hand providing information and raising awareness about breast cancer.

All donations for the week were donated to the Spielman Fund in honor of Dr. Lori Gill-Grennan, a 1995 WNHS graduate who became a physician in Central Ohio and passed away in 2013 after a courageous battle with inflammatory breast cancer. Gill-Grennan’s family was recognized at the game and health pathway students shared with them all their efforts and presented the family with flowers. 

Learn more about breast cancer and breast cancer research here. Those interested in donating to Dr. Lori Gill-Grennan Inflammatory Breast Cancer Fund can do so here.