Avon High School students raise money to cure childhood cancer

Posted at: 10/13/2012 8:13 PM
Updated at: 10/14/2012 4:44 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

The Avon community lit up the sky on Saturday night, in honor of children suffering from cancer.

The Avon High School student council chose a unique route to give back to a local charity.

The event was called 'Light Up the Night' and hundreds made it out despite the rain. They were there to honor those who have lost the battle to cancer and those who are still fighting.

Every year the student council tries to do a charity event.

Matthew Sancilio said, "Rain or shine, everyone wants to be here. It's the thought that counts and obviously we have a lot of great people here tonight."

They could have stayed home on this rainy Saturday night, but instead hundreds united to spread a very important message.

Seancilio said, "Do as much as you can to help as many people who maybe can help themselves."

The Avon community lit up the night sky with lanterns, each one symbolizing peace, comfort and hope.

It was all done to raise money for a local charity.

It was an extra special night for those who know first hand what it's like to lose a loved one to cancer.

Melissa Priest said, "It raises money for Cure Childhood Cancer who did a lot for my child when he was sick."

Melissa Priest lost her son Justin to cancer just a few months ago. She says the Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation was there for her family. She said, "They will help pay your utility bills, get you food vouchers, they give you parking passes for every time you're in for treatment."

The night was an incredible sight for all to see. Student council members said it took a group effort to pull off.

It's something that brings comfort to families who are still healing.

Priest said, "It's nice to see the community come together and do it, not just for my child but for anybody that's fighting cancer."

Each of the lanterns went for about $10 each. In total, they raised more than $3,000 for the charity.