Lincoln Student Helps Fight Cancer Through Southwest High School’s Green and White Affair


green and white 4_Small.jpgNearly everyone is touched by cancer.  For 17-year-old Chris Way, he saw first hand the devastation cancer can bring when his mom died of colon cancer when he was just 11.

 

“The middle school years were tough not having a maternal figure to welcome me when I arrived home from school every day,” said Way.  “Over the years I did my best to cope with my mother’s death and moved on as best as possible, just as she would want me to do.”

 

Every year since losing his mother, Chris has been involved in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life at Haymarket Park in Lincoln.  It helped him remember that he wasn’t the only one affected by cancer and there were others in the community dealing with the same things he was.

 

Last year, Chris joined his Student Council at Southwest High School in Lincoln and immediately began organizing events to raise funds for worthy causes.  In March 2009, his dream became a reality in the form of the first annual Green and White Affair, a fundraiser where people who share a passion for fighting cancer are treated to an evening full of entertainment, a silent auction and mouth-watering food.

 

Last year, more than $5,000 was raised and in on March 19, Chris hopes to raise more than $10,000 for the American Cancer Society at the Green and White Affair at The Lodge at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln.

 

“We’ve all been touched by cancer in one way or another,” said Chris, “and now is the time to take action to find a cure so that we will se a cancer-free world.”

 

For more information about the Green and White Affair, contact the American Cancer Society in Lincoln at 402-423-4893 or e-mail Chris at cway57@hotmail.com.