Mount Pleasant Wildcats Youth Football & Cheer in Thornwood, New York raised over $23,000.00 for the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation (TLC) during their 4th annual Spirit Day to support childhood cancer. The event which was held on September 30, 2018, brought together more than 350 athletes ranging from grades 1-6 in the community, turning awareness into action.
The true meaning of the event was brought even closer to home as Armonk students Danny McManus and Nate Valcich, both who are battling cancer, took part in Spirit Day.
“The money raised during the Westlake Spirit Day event means that a research lab can hire four to five medical students to work in the lab this summer,” said Cindy Campbell, mother of Ty Louis Campbell. “It also means that we can cover the nursing costs of putting six children through a clinical trial. We are so grateful to the entire Westlake community who have contributed their time, effort and hearts into helping fund childhood cancer research.”
Leading up to the event, the surrounding schools and local businesses embraced the cause throughout September by contributing via t-shirt sales, sponsorships, and additional fundraising activities. For example, a Freestyle music event with ESU Events and Copacabana, Silvio’s Pizzeria donated $5 for every large pie sold on September 19th, and Rose Hill Deli donated 50% with every purchase of an Italian hero on September 22nd.
At home, students created fundraising stands and made signs to collect money for this vital cause.
As a part of the fun-filled day of football games, there was also a fall festival including a DJ, fall plants/pumpkins for sale, games, face painting, concession stands, a candy bar, wood/fire pizza truck, auction items, raffles and apparel for sale. All proceeds made from this event was donated directly to TLC for childhood cancer research.