Seventeen-year-old HSE high school senior Arianna Charlier has a heart of gold…or, should we say “pink.” The HSE high school senior threw a “Pink” fundraiser at her family’s Geist home in honor of her mom who’s battling breast cancer.
“I wanted to do something for my mom to wrap up breast cancer awareness month,” says Arianna. “So I combined it with my community service needed for a sociology class and put on the open house!”
Arianna organized the open house which offered family, friends, and neighbors pink cookies, pink cupcakes, and pink lemondade for donations. She set a goal of $2500 and pledged if she didn’t raise that amount, she would shave her head. That’s when her dad, Fito, stepped in.
“I didn’t want my daughter to shave her head!” says Fito. “So, I emailed employees at work (Sherpa Financial Group) and said whatever my daughter raises, let’s match it to save her hair!” “The reponse was great,” says Fito. “Dnations are still coming in.”
Arianna’s Mom, Kelly,was diagnosed in 2005, underwent treatment,and was in good health until the cancer returned in 2011. Today, she is on a new drug called “pergeta” which was approved this past summer. She now takes it every three weeks. “I just take it one day at a time,” says Kelly. “But, I’m proud of my daughter pulling this together for me!”
Arianna did raise the $2500 and counting, and she didn’t have to shave her head! The proceeds will go to the I.W.I.N. Foundation which assists women and their families who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer by helping them with basic needs and emotional support.
You can learn more at www.iwinfoundation.org.