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Middle School Campus Raises Funds and Awareness for Pediatric Cancer

keys and hearts decor During the month of February, the Whitesboro Middle School Campus came together to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer with the KEYS Program out of Sherrill, New York.

The KEYS Program was founded by Mrs. Colleen Bennett and her husband David Bennet, a retired NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Official, in 1993. The KEYS Program is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit children's charity that has been delivering music, hope and smiles to children impacted by cancer and serious illnesses through its award-winning music outreach, family respite day, and sibling support programs. The KEYS Program also raises awareness of the benefits of music, and provides healthcare professionals and parents the resources and tools they need to implement music in the care of pediatric patients every day.

Every year in February, the KEYS Program has a “Wear Your Heart on your Sleeve Day” in which a person can purchase a heart sticker for $2.50, and on one particular day (this year was Feb. 28), everyone wears the heart on their sleeve with names written on them, in honor or in memory of a child that is battling, or has battled, cancer. The faculty and staff of the Whitesboro Middle School Campus purchased a combined total of 167 hearts and, along with some donations that were added, raised $453 for the KEYS Program!

If you would like to learn more about the KEYS Program, you can check out their website, www.theKEYSprogram.org, or check out their Facebook page here.