Milton Hershey School Students Show Support During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
On Saturday, Oct. 21, Milton Hershey School students and staff participated in the American Cancer Society’s 2023 Making Strides Against Break Cancer 5K walk. The annual event raises money for breast cancer research and support programs for patients, survivors, thrivers, and caregivers.
This year was the school’s fifth year supporting the event. Approximately 150 MHS students from all divisions traveled to City Island in downtown Harrisburg to participate and raised over $13,200.
Ahead of the walk, students planned a series of fundraisers, including selling Spartan Strides t-shirts and hosting an all-school pink out on Friday, Oct. 20. Students also sought sponsorship from MHS alumni and staff. In Athletics, many Senior Division teams hosted pink out events to raise additional funds. Beyond fundraising, students planned activities across campus to raise awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening.
Top student fundraisers for the MHS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team were:
- Logan Keister – $366.92
- Jayden Thomas – $205.50
- Leeann Crumb – $130.40
Since first participating in 2019, MHS students and staff have raised more than $80,000 for the American Cancer Society. The students’ work aligns with the MHS School Pledge and a school year initiative led by MHS President Pete Gurt ’85 to involve students in community service projects each marking period in their student homes. From writing letters to military families to hosting events with Elementary Division students and working with local organizations, MHS students have adopted a mindset of giving back for all they’ve received.