• Skyline Vista Supports Pediatric Cancer Research
    Zack White

    Last month students at Skyline Vista Elementary filed into the gym for a very special assembly, one that left them laughing out loud and thinking about how much can be done when people come together for a good cause.

    Students, parents and staff showed their support for Preschool teacher Carla Blue-Norton and her daughter, Elizabeth, while raising awareness for childhood cancer research.

    Elizabeth was 11 when she was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a very rare form of pediatric bone cancer. Battling through chemotherapy, chronic pain, a hip replacement and melanoma, Elizabeth and Carla have had a tumultuous road to remission. Carla has been a preschool teacher at Skyline Vista for 9 years and has received strong support from her District 50 family.

    Working in conjunction with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Carla and Skyline Vista principal Zack White shaved their heads to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer research. Principal White specifically wanted to get his head shaved in front of the children so they would be more conscious that there are children the same age that are battling cancer.

    “I have seen Carla fight for her daughter’s life and as soon as I had the opportunity to give back to her and her family, I jumped at that,” said White.

    The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers. They are best known for their events where "shavees" show their support by shaving their heads in support of cancer patients who often lose their hair during chemotherapy treatments.

    Skyline Vista raised about $300.

    A larger event in Westminster raised a total of $25,000.

    Carla is hoping she can organize a school-wide event for next year, “I’m really excited that our school has come together.”

    For more information on the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and how to get involved can be found on their website: http://www.stbaldricks.org

    Watch below as Principal White becomes a “shavee”.

    Posted April 3, 2014