Club “Challenges” cancer at charity walk
By HELEN CHANG
Team Up for St. Jude volunteered at the 20th annual Los Angeles Cancer Challenge at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on Oct. 29.
Participants of the event entered to partake in 5K, 10K or 15K to raise money for the Hirshberg Foundation’s Pancreatic Cancer Research. Children between ages 2-7 participated in the Kids Can Cure Fun Run, a run and costume parade designated for kids.
During the event, volunteers assisted with various tasks, such as cheering and directing participants and vehicles.
Co-secretary senior Michelle Yu says that the walk motivated members to learn more about cancer.
“This event was held to show our support and help for those who have pancreatic cancer,” Yu said. “Since not all members are informed about pancreatic cancer, this event encouraged members to raise awareness for all types of cancer.”
Because of limited space per volunteer station, members separated and volunteered at different stations. Despite the initial complication, senior Paris Hom says that the event resulted in an overall success.
“[At first], I was disheartened that our club members were divided,” Hom said. “[However], it was a great opportunity to connect with the participants and lift their spirits, while raising awareness at the same time.”
Junior Grace Lau says that she felt grateful for the opportunity to attend the event.
“It was fun cheering, and it was nice to be appreciated and recognized by the participants for volunteering,” Lau said.
Team Up for St. Jude will volunteer at the Walk for Hope on Sunday, Nov. 11.