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CCHS conducts 'Purple Day'

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Clay City Jr./Sr. High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students had their own memorial to friends and family who have had cancer and either lost their life or survived. FCCLA President Kayla Cochran read names of those being honored during the event Thursday. [Order this photo]
It was a celebration of life.

Clay City Jr./Sr. High School students involved in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) conducted Purple Day at their school.

"We started Purple Day for a former FCCLA member that lost her father due to cancer," FCCLA President Kayla Cochran said. "We here at Clay City High School had a goal last year to reach $500 for cancer research. We ended up reaching almost $1,000."

Cochran the daughter of Tonja Higginbotham and Dennis Cochran, Clay City, has been working with other FCCLA members to prepare for Purple Day at the school.

Speakers for the event included, Rachel Romas, Dr. Chandra Reddy, survivor Lee Ann Mann and Sonya Sampson a nurse from Riley Children's Hospital.

Though Cochran herself doesn't know anyone who has suffered from cancer, she still feels the need to be involved.

"It means a lot to me being involved in this because I see people go through it," she said. "This can happen to anyone at anytime."

Courtney Tyra, a co-chairman for the event has suffered her own loss because of cancer.

"Both my aunt and grandmother recently died of cancer," she said. "On this particular day, for me, it was a time to honor and remember them."

Tyra, the daughter of Steven and Kristy Trya, Clay City, did the behind-the-scenes work on decorations and preparations.

"We really hope to raise awareness and educate people," she said. "This is something that has affected so many people in our community."

It was the patience of the students and their hard work on the event that was noticeable to teachers.

"All of the students were well behaved with the speakers," sponsor Connie Bailey said. "They were very thoughtful and respectful."

Area businesses that donated items to help with sale of brown and purple cows during lunch include A&W Restaurant, Mayberry Malt and Coffee Shop and Miller's IGA, as well as donations made by students.

It was a day to celebrate life and remember those that are gone. It was the respect students showed to survivor Lee Ann Mann, who told her own story about her fight with breast cancer three years ago, which evoked tears.

"It is a tough road but there is light at the end of the tunnel," she said about her ordeal. "It touches everyone in some way."

Though the students did get time out of class to listen to speakers, Mann said that is was more than that to them.

"They really took the day to heart," she said. "It wasn't an excuse to get out of class, it means something to them."

Though teachers are required to teach certain topics during school hours, some things can't be taught from a book. It has to be told or experienced.

"We always try to teach the students the stuff they will need once they are out of school," Principal Jeff Bell said. "There are a lot more important things in life that they need to know about and this day was dedicated to that. This is just as important as the other things we teach."

At Clay City, Purple Day was dedicated to honor all who have lived and survived and those that haven't.

Purple Day is associated with the American Cancer Society.

The 2010 Clay County American Cancer Society Relay For Life event is scheduled for May 22-23, 2010, at the Clay County YMCA.

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