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Four Families Benefit from Pink Out Fundraising Effort

On Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, Change for Cancer founder Georgia Brothers presented four area adults who are currently battling cancer with a check for over $1,000 each with funds raised from the Highlands Cheer-sponsored Pink Out this past October. The Highlands Cheer program, along with Change for Cancer, raised $4,239.97 for this year's Pink Out - the most amount raised since teaming up with the program 4 years ago. The district was among several local schools that teamed up with Change for Cancer, a non-profit founded by Georgia Brothers, a senior at Burrell High School. Every penny of the money raised goes directly to assist those battling cancer. 

The recipients, who were chosen by the Highlands Cheerleaders and Coaches, are Highlands School Police Officer Joe Naviglia, Highlands Elementary School 2nd Grade Teacher Jenny Snyder, retired Highlands 1st Grade Teacher Mary Jo Davis, and Highlands parent and cheer mom Robyn Strader. All recipients are in various stages of their battle with cancer.  
Attending the check presentation were Highlands Cheer Coaches Kia Jones, Jamee Bonnett and Gretchen Marra, Highlands HS Co-Principal Dr. Laura Burns, Highlands Athletic Director Drew Karpen, Rammie Mascot Olivia Bonnett, cheerleader seniors Payton Godfrey, Bella Conley (Captain) and Gabrielle Wright (Captain), Michele Naviglia, and Georgia's mom Carrie and sister Ciara.
"This means the world to me to see everyone come together and be a community to help people in need," said Georgia, who started this program 10 years ago when she was 8 years old. "It's crazy to see how much the charity has grown over the years." Change for Cancer continues to fundraise throughout the year as well. For more information about upcoming fundraising efforts or how you can make a donation, contact Georgia at or visit their Facebook page.
The Highlands Cheer Program appreciates the support of the district's staff and students and those in the Highlands community who bought Pink Out shirts, baked goods, rally beads, tattoos and made donations. Thanks to all of you, they were able to help these four families!
Check out this video created by Officer Naviglia - thank you!