Catholic School Raises Funds to Support Franciscan Health's Breast Cancer Support Center in Olympia Fields
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois - In observation of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, nearly 200 students of St. Agnes Catholic School in Chicago Heights participated in a "Dress Down" day and raised over $200 to donate to Franciscan Health Olympia Fields’ Breast Cancer Support Center. The collected funds will support the cost of a mammogram exam for a woman who may otherwise not have the means.
St. Agnes fifth grade teacher Kevin Lee had the idea to have a "Dress Down" day for a dollar, with the intent to donate those collected funds to Franciscan Health. On October 30, the entire student body and teachers, ditched their uniforms, donated a dollar and dressed down.
"Giving isn't new to the students of St. Agnes," Kevin Lee said. "Every morning before school starts, the students recite a chant 'WHIRLL: We Work, We Help, We Respect, We Learn, and We Love.'"
For more than 100 years, Franciscan Health Olympia Fields & Chicago Heights has been caring for people in the south suburbs of Chicago. Franciscan Health's system-wide community outreach programs promote healthy living and extend simple acts of charity to those in need. Last year alone, Franciscan Health provided more than $25 million in charity care and financial assistance in the South Suburban Chicago communities.