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NW high school students raise money for breast cancer research

September 27, 2013

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Jessie Ehlers and Ali Chamberlin

Ali Chamberlin, Jessie Ehlers and Hanna Gregory, sophomore students at Northwest High School and members of the Pettis County R-V FFA Chapter, have been working to support breast cancer research. Last school year the girls heard about the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation on the radio and felt it was important to help their community in the fight against breast cancer.

The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation was created in 2012 to aid in the fight against breast cancer. America’s pumpkin growers have committed to giving a percentage of proceeds from every pink pumpkin sold this year to organizations involved in breast cancer research. The foundation will oversee the donations, and ensure that the funds go directly to reputable organizations with the highest percentage of dollars spent on actual research.

The three were empowered by the mission of the Pink Pumpkin Patch and decided this would be a perfect SAE for them and it was needed for their community. Ali, Jessie and Hanna all know someone that has been affected by breast cancer and wanted to do something to help fund research.

After contacting the Pink Pumpkin Patch Organization the girls received their pumpkin seeds and started growing the first part of June. The girls are excited to announce that their pumpkins are now ready for harvest and sell. The pink pumpkins will be on sale at the Northwest PTO Craft Show Saturday Sept. 28 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The price of the pumpkins will be between $4 and $8 dollars, depending on the size of the pumpkin. Half of the money raised at the PTO Craft show will go towards breast cancer research.

If you are unable to attend this event and would like to purchase or get more information about the Pink Pumpkin Patch project feel free to contact Mrs. Riggs, Pettis Co. R-V FFA Advisor, at Northwest High School (660) 827-0774 or go to the Pink Pumpkin Patch website www.pinkpumpkinpatch.org. Submitted.

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