Children make ornaments to raise money for cancer research

  By Jennifer Lassiter

  The After School Kids along with K-Kids at Harold McCormick School crafted star ornaments in an effort to raise money to find a cure for cancer.
  Harold McCormick's "Tree of Life" was started by Becky Vines, a teacher's assistant at Harold McCormick.
  Vines is also a team member for Relay for Life and came up with an idea to get children, parents and family members involved in Relay for Life. The children hand folded, cut and glittered the white star ornament for display at Harold McCormick and sold them to parents in memory or in honor of a loved one who has been touched by cancer.
  "It's been a great success," said Vines. "We've raised $82 for cancer research, and a total of 148 stars hang on the tree."
  The After School Program staff, Debbie Lewis, Amanda Orloff, Karen Montgomery, Rachel Bowman, Zenobia Lyons, Donna Deloach and Carolyn Astep, helped the children create the stars.
  K-Kids along with their sponsors, Candace Ayers, Sherry Aubrey and Debbie Astep, helped with the stars as well. Tonia Carrie helped with the bows.
  Deloach commented that many children were curious about cancer, and she was a little unsure how to describe such a complicated thing to children so young, but other students helped answer the question.
  "It's been a learning process for them," said Deloach, who deals with the stigma of cancer with a loved one.
  Relay for Life is considered a team effort to fight cancer. Each year our local chapter hosts an overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society.
  Teams of people gathered in June at the Elizabethton High School track to walk during the night. "Cancer never sleeps," said Freeman. "It's the least we can do to show our support."