Gotta Kiss Cancer Goodbye is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting cancer and providing support and hope to those affected. For the past two years, the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center's SkillsUSA officers have chosen to raise money for this worthy cause.
Student officers sold cancer ribbons to students and staff that were displayed in the main office windows. The classes were competing to see who could raise the most money. "Some of the classes got very involved and took on additional projects to raise money by selling popcorn, cotton candy, freezie pops, raffling off a welding sculpture, and offering a hair-cut-a-thon," explains SkillsUSA Advisor Kara Kirk. "The event lasted three weeks, and our goal was to raise $600. We were thrilled to not only meet that goal, but exceed it by more than double-our students raised $1400!" The Cosmetology class of Sue Lindke raised the most money at $279 with a cut-a-thon and selling cotton candy.
(LtoR) Elijah Sones (Medina) Building Trades Program, Jordan Klosin (Barker) Building Trades Program, Heaven Flood (Lyndonville) Cosmetology Program, Violet Woolley (Lockport) Electricity/Electronics Program, Angela Wachob (Lyndonville) Cosmetology Program, TJ Johnson (Newfane) Electricity/Electronics Program.
The founder and director of Gotta Kiss Cancer Goodbye, Kathleen O'Neill, was thrilled. She sent a video recorded message to the students that was shared at the end of the year events, thanking them and letting them know how the money raised would be spent. The organization will use the money to help fund cancer research, assist people with blood and platelet donations, and will provided "kisses", or bags of hope, to those affected by the disease. Kathleen was extremely overwhelmed and grateful for the generosity of the students.
"I'm very proud of my student officers who worked hard to make this event a success," says Mrs. Kirk.