Moore MST Magnet School eighth grader, Aneesa Cedillo, is a cancer survivor. Diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma when she was six years old, she spent years battling the disease through various treatments and routine hospital visits. Now cancer free, Aneesa recently used her experience to organize a campus-wide effort she named “Go Gold Moore” to raise funds and awareness of childhood cancers in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Moore principal, Claude Lane, says at first he was reluctant to consider Aneesa’s request since the school already holds various fundraisers throughout the year for a variety of causes. However, when he received a personal letter from Aneesa detailing her cancer battle, he realized her sincere desire to help local families in need, and knew this was something in which the school should get behind.
On Friday, September 20, Moore students who donated at least $2 were able to trade their standard school uniform for the chance to wear gold or yellow instead. Through Go Gold Moore day, students and staff raised $1,153.30 for the Gold Network of East Texas, a local nonprofit organization that assists families of patients and survivors of childhood cancer.
Moore will continue to show its support by turning its Monday, September 30, football game into a “Gold Out Game.” Students are encouraged to wear gold to the game and the 7th grade A Team will wear gold in honor of a teammate and his battle with cancer.
“I almost didn’t make it to see the ending of first grade,” Aneesa said. “I am hoping to make a change by helping local families here in East Texas.”
Pictured: Moore MST student, Aneesa Cedillo, (middle) presents fundraising check to Heather Ruckers of the Gold Network of East Texas.