Three Groton-Dunstable High School Students are making a difference . . . .
Meghan Hanagan, Jacqueline Richardson and Paige Bailey are all members of the “Fitness for a Cure” High School Performance Team. The purpose of “Fitness for a Cure” is to raise money for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the performance team represents the children of the hospital. This team has brought together high school students from all over New England. This is their third year participating in this amazing event. They not only learn about what it is to be a part of a team but they learn about the spirit of giving to those less fortunate. The team motto is: “Because we are strong in mind and body, therefore it is our obligation to give back to the sick and the weak.”
“Fitness for a Cure”, started 15 years ago when Sherri Sarrouf, owner of SLS Fitness in Lowell, MA brought her passion for health and fitness together with her passion to help children stricken with cancer. “Fitness for a Cure” raises money for St. Jude, and over the years it has raised more than 2 million dollars since it was founded in 1999.
As a member of the “SLS Fitness for a Cure” team, these girls understand that a lot is expected of them. They need to maintain good grades, take pride in themselves, continue to be good role models and be committed. They give up time every Sunday from November to March, to brainstorm fundraising ideas and learn the dance steps for the “Fitness for a Cure Gala Event” held at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. They each have their own St. Jude website and are expected to raise at least $1,000. In addition they are asked to collaborate together on additional fundraising ideas at their individual high schools.
St. Jude continues its life saving mission to find cures and save children. These three high school students will end this school year by traveling to St. Jude Children’s Cancer Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. They will be volunteering for 4 days with sick children and their families. The valuable lessons they have learned will hopefully continue to encourage them to always want to give back and make a difference in the world! If you are interested in finding out more about this organization and how you can help, please go to www.fitnessforacure.com.