Night for the Fight
Posted Thursday, February 13, 2014
They gave a Night for the Fight.
Nine Loveland High School (LHS) students joined more than 500 other students from across Cincinnati from 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, until 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Xavier University’s Cintas Center on a mission to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer.
For LHS Junior Carley Lutz, who participated, the event hit home.
“I decided to participate in Night for the Fight because one of my close friends is a survivor of pediatric cancer,” explained Lutz. “I went to the event last year, and learned how important it is to fund pediatric cancer research. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in children, yet its research is extremely underfunded. After learning this, I wanted to help even more, so I joined the leadership team and helped plan this year’s event.”
LHS Spanish Teacher Bre Sambuchino worked to coordinate the students from LHS with the Night for the Fight event. As the LHS service coordinator, Sambuchino saw this event as an opportunity for the students to connect to others outside of Loveland.
“Along with raising money and awareness for pediatric cancer, I hoped that the students would see the value of collaborating with others across the city for something positive,” said Sambuchino. “They worked together for the greater good.”
While the evening was full of games and prizes – the meaning, the mission – was the full focus.
“It starts with individuals who want to help,” said Lutz. “Listening to the cancer survivors speak about their journeys helped me understand the struggles they go through, and made me want to help prevent anyone else from having to go through the same. I really believe that as a community we can all help fight pediatric cancer, and that someday we will live in a cancer-free world.”
Photo caption (front to back): LHS Students Heather Burns, Jessica Hawk, Dimitri Loukoumidis, Emily McGill, Giovanna Panepinto, Kari Watts, Caroline Prifti, Riley Clarey and Carley Lutz all participated in Night for the Fight.