Bayside Academy Students Donate $8,000 to Berry Strong for Childhood Cancer Awareness

Submitted: Bayside Academy

Daphne, Ala., October 11, 2018 – Bayside Academy students raised $8,000.00 as a result of their Be Bold, Go Gold campaign to raise awareness for childhood cancer.

With only 4% of the $3 billion dedicated by our government for medical research going to childhood cancer, progress is limited when it comes to finding a cure. This lack of funding motivated a group of Upper School students to create an awareness week at Bayside.

Bayside seniors Annie O’Neill and Riley McGlasson started this initiative at Bayside to benefit Caroline Berry, a junior at Spanish Fort High School, who has been fighting for her life for almost two years since being diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of cancer in your body tissue. Caroline has put her life on hold to fight this battle, has gone through three failed protocols, and is now on treatment for adults because there are truly not enough experimental options for children. Cancer has robbed her of her high school experience, including an entire year of school, uncountable social events, and her love for volleyball and other sports.

As a result, the week of September 17 was designated Be Bold, Go Gold week, and all sports teams incorporated some sort of gold into their uniforms and asked attendees to wear gold or yellow to their events. There were opportunities for donations at athletic events throughout the week, and students created and sold t-shirts to Upper School students. Caroline also came to campus to personally speak to students in grades 7–12 about her Berry Strong efforts to promote childhood cancer awareness. This was all organized and executed in a very short timeframe to coincide with September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

On Tuesday, October 9, Caroline again visited campus and was presented with $8,000 from Bayside’s Be Bold, Go Gold fundraisers. The proceeds from this student-driven initiative will be directed toward a charity of Caroline’s choice and also used to provide financial support for Caroline’s personal expenses for treatment. We are proud to be Berry Strong!

Bayside Academy is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in grades PK–12.

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