Wellington High Healthcare students raise funds for breast cancer research
WELLINGTON, Florida – A group of young prospective health workers at Wellington High School hope to give back to those currently on the front lines.
A Halloween fundraiser is underway by the student-founded organization Future Healthcare Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA).
“We really want to drive medical innovation because I know every little bit of medical research helps,” said Jordynn Belez, co-president of Future Healthcare Professionals.
The group is putting together gift baskets of candy, pens and pumpkins and coloring them pink to combine the Halloween season with the month of the breast cancer awareness.
“Personally, I want to become a pediatric oncologist, so I wanted to focus on the cancer aspect in the medical field. That’s why I made a particular decision to go with this fundraiser, ”said Samantha Schube, founder and president of Future Healthcare Professionals.
Proceeds from the money raised will be donated to a breast cancer foundation.
“The money goes into research and also into helping the families, the self-help groups and simply really supporting the families with breast cancer,” said Schube. “The most important thing, however, is to hopefully continue innovative research into new treatments and new healing methods in the future.”
The rest of the money raised is used for charitable projects and monthly fundraising campaigns for the organization.
If you would like to donate pumpkins or purchase a gift basket, please email the group at [email protected]
Future Healthcare Professionals serves as a resource for students pursuing careers in the medical field.
Through 5 committees; Health and fitness, medicine, mental health, scientific research, and healthcare, students actively engage in community and industry as they build mentors to guide students through their careers.
“For me personally, I don’t yet know where I want to go in the medical field. But I come from a low-income family, so it was very important for me to be able to activate and found this association, because I can enable other students who may not have many resources to do research on the health industry and to do something about it to learn. I wanted to give them a chance to see if it was a good fit for them, “says Belez.
The group also has various health professionals who act as speakers to share their experiences and their journey into the industry.
“We try to include all the different aspects of the club so that students can explore all there is to know about science and get a feel for what it is like to go through college, attend those professions, and what professions they might be interested in.” says Schube.
Since this is a fundraiser run by students, they will need smaller pumpkins for their fundraiser.
“At the moment we are only working on the funds and donations from the students around us. We have students and teachers so everyone is very excited to share our passion for helping other people. “
Students have a $ 200 fundraising goal but hope to raise more while they have supplies and funds.