On Friday, May 17th, Echo Hill Elementary held a school-wide event called PE for PC (Physical Education for Pancreatic Cancer). During their Specials time, the students rotated to a variety of stations to stay physically active for 45 minutes.
The purpose of P.E. for P.C. was to raise vital funds for Pancreatic Cancer research. Pancreatic cancer is the 10th most commonly diagnosed cancer, but the 4th leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Today, only a few risk factors for pancreatic cancer are known. More research is needed to understand their direct relationship to the disease. Further complicating matters, there are no effective early detection methods available, and most symptoms are so vague they can be attributed to many different conditions.
Students raised money prior to the event in various ways including bake sales, lemonade stands, rummage sales, and asking for donations. With everyone's generous contributions, Echo Hill Elementary raised over $3,000 for this very important cause.
The students and staff held P.E. for P.C. in memory of Chris Kircher, former School Administrative Manager (SAM) at Echo Hill Elementary.