Students ‘Pink Out’ to Fight Breast Cancer

Elm Grove Elementary School’s students and staff members last week partnered with members of the Wheeling Fire Department to increase breast cancer awareness.

The school’s “Pink Out for Breast Cancer” was held throughout the day, and the students and staff members were encouraged to wear pink. The event was in partnership with the Wheeling Fire Fighters Local 12, and pink shirts and bracelets were sold to benefit the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program.

The effort raised slightly more than $600.

Elm Grove Elementary School Principal Richard Dunlevy said it is the first year for the “Pink Out for Breast Cancer” at the school. He said the event was the idea of Elm Grove teacher Ruth Keim. The West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program is a comprehensive public health program that helps uninsured or underinsured women gain access to breast and cervical cancer screening services. Screening and early detection reduces death rates, improves treatment options, and greatly increases survival.

“It’s an important issue, and we are proud to partner with the Wheeling firefighters to contribute,” Dunlevy said.