Students REACH Out To Cancer Patients

Photo Provided Pictured from left are Triadelphia Middle School teacher Erica Alexander, A Special Wish executive director Alicia Freeman, and students Gabby Means, Ava Sunseri and Isabella Border with a makeshift check for $850 to help the organization grant wishes to local children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Triadelphia Middle School students on Wednesday presented a check to an organization dedicated to helping others.

Student members of Triadelphia’s Raiders Extending a Caring Hand (REACH) presented A Special Wish of the Upper Ohio Valley executive director Alicia Freeman a check for $850. A Special Wish is the largest wish-granting organization in the state of Ohio with nine chapters.

The Upper Ohio Valley chapter grants wishes to qualifying individuals from birth to age 21 in Ohio, Belmont, Brooke, Hancock, Harrison, Jefferson, Marshall and Monroe counties.

Triadelphia students chose to raise funding to help grant the wishes of local children battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Triadelphia Middle School teacher Erica Alexander is the school’s seventh-grade REACH coordinator. She said this month’s REACH project has special meaning to her.

“In February, my son Dominic was diagnosed with stage 3A Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” Alexander said. “Throughout my child’s treatment, my school family held fundraisers, sent Dom gifts and offered messages of encouragement.

“I am so incredibly proud of Triadelphia Middle School for its philanthropy and generosity. The compassion of the students and staff members is reaching other local families impacted by cancer or serious illnesses. TMS makes a positive impact on our community, and I feel blessed to be a part of it.”

REACH is Triadelphia Middle School’s community outreach program. The REACH seventh-graders recently held “Crazy Dress Days” as a fundraiser for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Students collected the $850 during the week-long effort.

Triadelphia REACH students Gabby Means, Isabella Border and Ava Sunseri helped lead the effort.