Posted: October 23, 2017
For the 2nd consecutive year, the CHS drama department partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to produce a fundraising and awareness event. To date, more than $10,000 has been raised through this partnership.
If you had a chance to attend the event, you were most likely moved through personal stories and, of course, our talented students showcased in the play Sillyheart. Sillyheart is the story of a young girl, Cora, and her parents’ journey with cancer. Director Sean Kelly said it a story that doesn’t have a typical happy ending, but the joy and hope from the story comes in being able to watch Cora live. In doing research for their parts, our students met with families dealing with cancer to better understand the challenge.
It’s tough to portray life in moments of grief, pain, and anger. However, the students did so with grace and hope. After the program, students shared these reflections:
· “I learned that there is something you can say [to a person with cancer]: I acknowledge your pain. It’s so profound and so simple.” ~ Morgan Kielty.
· “It was enriching not only for us, but also for the families. They had a chance to explain their experiences with us; we listened and understood—everyone got so much from it.” ~ Omar Shafiuzzaman
· The play shines a light on something that gains its fear by being left in the dark.” ~ Kaitlin Beel
We have so many great examples like Sillyheart of our students giving back to our community. That happens because of your leadership, mentoring, and the way you empower our students to believe that they can make a difference.
Have a fantastic Monday and week!
PS If you’d like to learn more about Sillyheart and our students, click here to watch the KATU report.