Students in the Warwick Valley High School (WVHS) Leadership Academy are required to choose a service project in the fall and then work on that project throughout the year. Junior Katelyn Pinskey based her project on the fight against breast cancer, having been touched by the disease in her own family. Her grandmother is a survivor and a family friend is currently battling the disease.
Katelyn decided to support Avon’s Breast Cancer Crusade by forming a team for the May 2017 “AVON 39: The Walk to End Breast Cancer” and doing fundraising throughout the year. Through her efforts, Katelyn was able to raise $13,000 for the Avon Foundation for Women.
‘Minute to Win It’ Fundraiser Nets More Than $2,000
One of Katelyn’s major fundraisers was her “Minute to Win It” challenge in April at the American Legion Hall in Warwick. The event was based on the popular game show in which teams try to complete “simple” games in a friendly competition. The contestants have 60 seconds to complete each challenge, which increase in difficulty as the game progresses.
Katelyn maximized the opportunity for fundraising by selling ad space in a brochure she created for the event. She also sold chocolate bars and did plenty of networking, soliciting private donations throughout the year.
Walking 39.3 Miles Over Two Days
Katelyn’s team of five in the “AVON 39: The Walk to End Breast Cancer” included her mom, her aunt, two family friends and herself. Together they walked 39.3 miles from Washington, D.C. to Maryland on May 6 and 7. Ahead of the event, each walker also fundraises a minimum of $1,800, which is funneled by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to local and national organizations that help individuals, regardless of their ability to pay, get the breast cancer health care they need.
After walking 26.2 miles on day one, participants camped out at Meadowbrook Park. They continued their walk the next day with a 13.1 mile trek, ending at Nationals Park, where they celebrated their achievement with family and friends.
This year, about 1,500 people participated in the event in Washington, D.C., raising $4,000,000. Katelyn is grateful to all who supported her efforts, especially her team of walkers. She is hopeful the money raised will help save lives and maybe play a part in finding a cure.