Martin Middle School 8th Grade Class
Hello 8th Graders!
My name is Alanis and I am a Martin Ambassador. The Ambassadors are organizing a lung cancer fundraiser. Lung Cancer Awareness is something very important to me because 3 years ago my dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. There is this huge stigma that only smokers can get Lung Cancer. That’s not true. Non-smokers like my dad can also get it because of genetic mutations. According to the American Cancer Society, as many as 20 percent of people in the United States who died from lung cancer in 2018—a total of roughly 30,000 people—never smoked. More people die from Lung Cancer than Breast, Colon, and Prostate Cancer combined. But because of this stigma that lung cancer is self inflicted by smoking, research in Lung Cancer receives less funding.
We are trying to spread awareness and collect donations for the Lung Cancer Initiative of NC. The Lung Cancer Initiative of NC is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the lung cancer community. The organization provides support to former and current lung cancer patients and also puts money towards lung cancer research to help future patients.
Our fundraiser at Martin is called “Punish Your Principal!” Each grade level’s Assistant Principal has been assigned a punishment. Mrs. Harrington: Make a TikTok, Mrs. Thompson: Dress up in a funny costume for the day, Mr. Kimbro: Make a TikTok. The grade level who raises the most money, both in-person and online collectively, will have their Principal complete their punishment. If all grade levels at Martin raise a collective $2,000, all three Principals and Mrs. Mondora will be forced to complete their punishments.
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