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Jenison HS students participate in 'Survivor' to raise money for breast cancer awareness

Posted at 10:06 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 22:31:29-05

JENISON, Mich. — Students at Jenison High School are trying to become the last standing 'survivor' in an effort to raise money for breast cancer. The challenge is called 'Senior Survivor,' now running in its second year at the high school.

The concept is similar to the TV show with the same name. Students who decide to participate sleep overnight at the high school from Sunday through Wednesday, supervised by teachers. They participate in challenges throughout the week. For instance, one challenge included the students 'fishing' for marbles in an ice bath with their feet while blindfolded. Students then raise money and accumulate points, which then determines who is eliminated. On Friday, a winner will be crowned following the last challenge.

9 senior girls this year participated, including Cassidi Hill.

"My grandmother on my dad's side and both my aunts have both been impacted by breast cancer," said Hill. "So it runs in my family. Once I heard that the opportunity to like, participate in something that I get to raise money for the cause, I just decided that it was meaningful and personal to me."

Students who participate in Student Council helped organize the week-long event.

"It's really cool to see that you are doing something so amazing in your own community. Yeeah, it's really fun," said Amber English, one of the coordinators.

If you would like to donate, you can find links to the students' GoFundMe pages on the group's facebook page. Last year, the students raised over $5,000 as part of the challenge.