Stu­dents help bat­tle child­hood can­cer

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­port

For most high school ju­niors and se­niors get­ting up at 6 a.m. on a Satur­day morn­ing and trav­el­ing an hour or so to do vol­un­teer work wouldn’t be at the top of their list for a fun week­end. How­ever, sev­eral Devon Prep stu­dents did just that and found the ex­pe­ri­ence very re­ward­ing.

The four from the all-boys, Catholic, col­lege prep school spent sev­eral hours on a re­cent Satur­day at the Philadel­phia Zoo work­ing with the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Child­hood Can­cer ben­e­fit­ing St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hospi­tal. They helped set up for the event putting to­gether signs and ta­bles, gave out var­i­ous items to the run­ners and cheered on the par­tic­i­pants.

The event, which in­cluded over 1,400 par­tic­i­pants, raised $150,000 for St. Jude’s Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal and their fight to change the way the world un­der­stands, treats and de­feats child­hood can­cer and other life-threat­en­ing dis­eases.

All the Devon Prep stu­dents, se­niors Grant Kowalewski of Down­ing­town, Thomas Hang of Malvern and Jack Mar­quis of Wayne and ju­nior Bran­don Hoang of Spring­field, are mem­bers of the school’s Chris­tian Ac­tion Pro­gram (CAP) mod­er­ated by Liz Esh­le­man.

Ac­cord­ing to Mar­quis the early morn­ing start was worth it. “I had a great time and we had a lot of fun,” the 12th-grader said. “It was great to see so many peo­ple come to­gether for a good cause.”

“I’m so proud of these young men,” El­sh­le­man added. “Most teens would skip this event when hear­ing the meet­ing time but these boys got here on time and gave it their all for six hours. They worked hard set­ting up for the event and cheered on the run­ners and walk-

ers. It was a fun time for a great cause.”

St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hospi­tal was founded by the late en­ter­tainer Danny Thomas to find cures, through re­search and treat­ment, for chil­dren with can­cer and other catastrophic dis­eases.

No child is ever de­nied treat­ment be­cause of the fam­ily’s in­abil­ity to pay.

Devon Prep’s Chris­tian Ac­tion Pro­gram (CAP) is a ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion which in­cludes nearly 50 mid­dle and up­per school stu­dents ded­i­cated to car­ing for and help­ing those less

for­tu­nate. Their ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude col­lect­ing food for neigh­bor­hood shel­ters and food cup­boards, or­ga­niz­ing cloth­ing drives, spon­sor­ing a Blood Drive for the Amer­i­can Red Cross and con­duct­ing fundrais­ers for sev­eral non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions. Each year CAP also spon­sors two all-night fundrais­ers on cam­pus to ben­e­fit the St. Jude’s, rais­ing an av­er­age of $30,000 an­nu­ally for the fight against child­hood can­cer.

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Devon Prepara­tory School stu­dents spent a re­cent Satur­day morn­ing at the Philadel­phia Zoo help­ing to raise funds for St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hospi­tal. They are, from left: se­niors Grant Kowalewski of Down­ing­town and Thomas Hang of Malvern, ju­nior Bran­don Hoang of Spring­field and se­nior Jack Mar­quis of Wayne.

Devon Prep se­nior Grant Kowalewski of Down­ing­town re­cently vol­un­teered to help set up for the St. Jude Walk/ Run to End Child­hood Can­cer at the Philadel­phia Zoo. The event raised more than $150,000 for St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hospi­tal.

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