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December 22, 2015 > Paws for a Cause a success

Paws for a Cause a success

Submitted By Neha Sara, Lynda Garcia, Kaya Zavagno & Sonal Bande

Washington High SchoolÕs (WHS) seventh annual walk-a-thon, ÒPaws for a Cause,Ó kicked off on Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Fremont. Over 300 students, with family and friends (and even dogs) walked in honor of those who have been affected by cancer. Participants received community service hours and raised over $8,400 for Drivers For Survivors (DFS). DFS provides free medical care-related transportation and volunteer companionship for cancer patients.

Lauren Floro created Paws for Cause seven years ago when a student and Associate Student Body (ASB) secretary at WHS. She is now a teacher there and worked with Student Activities Coordinator Helen Paris, coordinator of WHSÕ Leadership Club, to continue this event. Ria Nigam, current ASB secretary, delegated and organized the event with help of her peers from Leadership. The event was also made possible by support from WHS Principal Bob Moran and Faith Marcelo, Chase Massone and Esther Gnanadoss, who enlisted sponsors including Traders Joe's, Chipotle, AMC, Blaze Pizza, Panda Express, Starbucks and many more.

Purple and white balloons, colorful banners, and booths transformed WHS into an official fundraising walk-a-thon for DFS. DFS Founder Sherry Higgs, a survivor of Inflammatory Breast Cancer, alongside Principal Moran, cut a ribbon and led the walk. The track was marked by balloons and signs with messages such as ÒBelieve There is a Hope for a CureÓ; and the sound of empowering music. After the walk, participants blew bubbles in unison to honor those supported by DFSÕ cause.

If anyone is interested in learning more about DFSÕ services, or is interested in being a volunteer, please contact (510) 579-0535 or email You can also visit the DFS Facebook page at for more information. If you would like to make a donation, please visit

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