BCTC East stu­dents host Cuts for Can­cer Cut-A-Thon

The Boyertown Area Times - - NEWS - By Porter Holt For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Stu­dents at Berks Ca­reer and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter East Cam­pus in Oley used the train­ing and skills they have learned to work for a larger cause, rais­ing funds for can­cer re­search.

Cos­me­tol­ogy stu­dents spent all day on Dec. 4 in their sa­lon of­fer­ing var­i­ous hair and nail ser­vices in an ef­fort to raise money for can­cer re­search and aware­ness through the Cuts for Can­cer Cut-A-Thon, an an­nual fundraiser.

Kutz­town Area High School stu­dents Ramsi Ross and Anna Bat­tin worked to­gether to or­ga­nize the Cut-A-Thon as their se­nior project at BCTC. The se­niors teamed up with Ex­eter High stu­dents Aaron Sadrovitz and Emily Dun­ning, along with the rest of the cos­me­tol­ogy stu­dents at BCTC, who helped cut and style hair, give man­i­cures, and sell food and T-shirts.

“All the pro­ceeds went to­wards small cell cer­vi­cal can­cer, which is the can­cer that my sis­ter died of,” said Ross.

Ross’s sis­ter, De­siree Swiem­ler, suf­fered from one of the rarest types of cer­vi­cal can­cer, ac­count­ing for less than 1 per­cent of all cases of cer­vi­cal can­cer. Due to the rar­ity of the di­ag­no­sis, the cause of this dis­ease is un­known, and treat­ment is un­re­li­able, which makes fund­ing for re­search very im­por­tant.

“We did hair­cuts, man­i­cures, and blow dry styles, and we sold food and Tshirts. Be­tween all that and do­na­tions, we raised a to­tal of about $1,800,” said Ross.

The fundraiser wasn’t just fo­cused on Swiem­ler or Ross, though. As Bat­tin ex­plained, the im­por­tance of spread­ing sup­port for and aware­ness of can­cer of all types is ex­tremely im­por­tant, as it touches ev­ery­one’s life in some way.

“Can­cer has af­fected so many peo­ple. My aunt and grand­mother both died of can­cer, too, so yes, it was for [Ross’s] sis­ter, but be­cause it has af­fected so many other peo­ple, [it meant more],” said Bat­tin.

This year it was Ross and Bat­tin’s project, but every year a dif­fer­ent group of stu­dents takes on the CutA-Thon, giv­ing it a slightly dif­fer­ent twist each time.

“One group of se­niors will do this every year, and we by far have made the most money and had the most peo­ple walk through the door,” said Ross. “We had about 145 peo­ple who came through the doors that day, which was a huge turnout.”

Those 145 peo­ple con­trib­uted close to $2,000 for the cause.

“I think it raised aware­ness about what just a small group of se­niors can re­ally do, be­cause no­body helped us; it was just us who did ev­ery­thing and got ev­ery­one there. I think that just shows how well we can work to­gether and how our gen­er­a­tion re­ally is,” said Ross, “and I think we re­ally can make a change.”

BCTC is a school ded­i­cated to pre­par­ing stu­dents to be em­ploy­able im­me­di­ately after high school. They of­fer pro­grams rang­ing from med­i­cal and emer­gency ser­vices to culi­nary arts to con­struc­tion and au­to­mo­tive re­pair. The school’s two cam­puses of­fer ed­u­ca­tion to stu­dents across Berks County, with two ses­sions, one in the morn­ing and one in the af­ter­noon, be­ing held each school day.

The Cut-A-Thon is just one way that BCTC stu­dents get in­volved in their com­mu­ni­ties. Many stu­dents work on projects as large as build­ing a house, which re­quires aid from a large va­ri­ety of oc­cu­pa­tions at the school, in­clud­ing elec­tri­cians, plum­bers, and car­pen­ters.

For 12 hours on Dec. 4, though, a dif­fer­ent group of stu­dents was able to put their skills to work in the real world and to make an im­pact at the very same time.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

From left to right, Kutz­town se­niors Anna Bat­tin and Ramsi Ross along with Ex­eter se­niors Emily Dun­ning and Aaron Sadrovitz or­ga­nized Cuts for Can­cer Cut-A-Thon to raise funds for can­cer re­search by of­fer­ing sa­lon ser­vice all day at BCTC East Cam­pus in Oley on Dec. 4.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Kutz­town se­niors Ramsi Ross and Anna Bat­tin or­ga­nized Cuts for Can­cer Cut-A-Thon as their se­nior project at BCTC East Cam­pus in Oley. They teamed up with Ex­eter se­niors Emily Dun­ning and Aaron Sadrovitz. The event raised funds for can­cer re­search by of­fer­ing sa­lon ser­vice all day at on Dec. 4.

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