For its service project this year, the Sherwood High School Pom Squad teamed up with the MGH Health Foundation to raise $1,115 for MedStar Montgomery Medical Center’s Capital Campaign for Oncology.
“Raising money for this campaign is the greatest thing our team has done for our community,” said senior captain Bailey Greseth. “We feel so gracious to be a part of something so incredible.”
The $4 million campaign will help fund the renovation of the radiation therapy center, with the purchase of new equipment, as well as the expansion of support services, preventive programs and community outreach.
“After touring the hospital’s cancer treatment facilities, it made me want to do what I could to help make this new technology available to my family members, neighbors and friends,” said Abby Snyder, a junior officer of the squad. Her family’s involvement in the campaign inspired her to get the squad involved.
The team launched its initiative at Back to School Night in September, displaying posters and handing out informational fliers. The girls continued to raise money by selling raffle tickets at home football games. During October, they performed with pink pom-poms and wore pink hair ribbons to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Coach Jeanne Laeng said the girls have been committed to the greater good of this project.
“They have educated themselves about every aspect of the campaign, all so they can have intelligent conversations with adults who are curious and to the generous donors,” Laeng said. “The crowds at our fundraising events were so impressed with the girls’ knowledge and passion for the subject.”
The squad hosted a Pom Day Camp on Nov. 9. The captains and senior members presented information about the campaign, offering opportunities for parents to get involved. The girls plan to repeat this fundraiser May 10.
“It is our mission that in any place, at any time, we will be leaders for not only our fellow teammates, but for our fans, competitors, community and those less fortunate,” Laeng said. “We will better the lives of others through what we do and how we behave.”
“I think our biggest achievement thus far has been to help spread awareness about the campaign to hundreds of community members; it feels good to be able to help those affected by cancer in our Olney community,” Snyder said. “I would encourage other schools to get involved in this campaign because it gives you the opportunity to make a difference and maybe even save a life.”