In April, North Zulch Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) raised over $7,000 for pediatric cancer research with their Superhero 5K Run.
North Zulch student Kashaf Shahid, FCCLA Region IV STAR winner in the Advocacy category, worked with the club’s advisor and teacher Jane Dill to bring together a small community with big hearts. Over 75 participants and volunteers came out to support the first annual FCCLA 5K Run.
“Hosting a 5K run is a lot of work but after analyzing the results and seeing all of the support for childhood cancer, it is clear that all of that hard work has paid off,” said Shahid. “I will continue to advocate for this unfair funding of childhood cancer, which is only four percent. I hope more people will help and show support to “The Cure Starts Now” with a donation.”
The event was held in honor of Jade Bridier, Cade Beasley and Gabriela Tobias. Jade passed away just five days after being diagnosed. Cade and Gabriela are now cancer free.
But Shahid did not stop at the 5K. On May 18, the Third Annual Jade’s Ball was held at the Hilton in College Station in honor of the late Jade Bridier. 10 North Zulch students volunteered to help set up for the ball in the morning and stayed late to help pass out goodies to the kids, sell raffle tickets and run the auction.
Shahid decided that she wanted to present the funds that were raised to The Cure Starts Now, an organization that works to fight childhood cancer. North Zulch FCCLA was proud to present to them a check worth $7,525.
Jade Bridier was the daughter of Troy and Vicky Bridier, who decided to help fight and find a cure for DIPG so that no other parents have to go through such a loss.
North Zulch FCCLA would like to thank the following donors for their contributions throughout the process: MD America, Hilco Metal Building and Roofing Supply, Law Offices of Bennie D. Rush, P.C., North Zulch teachers, O’Neal Trucking, Team 3 Rentals, Sunny Food Mart, Mid-South Synergy, North Zulch's Auto, Carwash and Wash and Dry, North Zulch Learning Center, Tailboard Pizza, the Murphy family, KMR Ventures, GCHL Landscaping and Irrigation, North Zulch Grocery and Food, KMVL, KBTX, NZVFD, CHI St. Joseph EMS, Carter Enterprises, Monterrey Mushrooms, Wells Chiropractic Clinic and Hair Junkie.