DHS Cheerleaders helping to fight cancer

By Randy Bruce

February 19, 2014

Durant High School Cheerleaders do more than just pump up the crowd at games. They pump up the community with their verve to help people with cancer.

These Lady Lions, under Project Pink, sold 1,150 T-shirts this year which in turn brought in $5,000 that is delegated throughout the community to help those with cancer.

This year they donated $3,000 to Christine Taylor, M.D. who runs her own OB-GYN practice in Durant. Her goal with this donation is to help women that are non-insured. This will help with such things as Papanicolaou test, commonly known as Pap Smear.

They also donated $1,000 to help make Camp Goddard a reality for DIS students. The DHS Cheerleaders made this donation in memory of Lori Bourne, 6th Grade Social Studies teacher, who passed away after her battle with cancer.

Goddard Youth Camp is an Environmental Science youth camp which Mrs. Bourne worked closely with. The money from the donation will send four students to the camp. There teachers will take them hiking and on those hikes, the students will learn and experience concepts from many scientific disciplines: Zoology, botany, geology, chemistry, etc. The students will go fossil hunting and canoeing. They will also experience many other activities: Fishing, art, and guest speakers. For most students, this is a once in a lifetime experience. Students who may not function well in the traditional school environment often are able to excel in this outdoor, hands-on environment.

The cheerleaders will be donating the rest of the money to local families that have been diagnosed with cancer.