Pahokee Elementary’s staff Race for the Cure

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PES staff members participated in the 2018 Susan G. Komen South Florida Pink Race in West Palm Beach on Saturday, Jan. 27. Left to right are Sheila McKenzie, Barbara Jones, Cheryl Chisolm (cancer survivor) and Delores Garry.

PAHOKEE — Shining bright like the Pahokee Elementary School (PES) stars in their pink athletic attire, faculty and staff members of Pahokee Elementary School participated in the 2018 Susan G. Komen South Florida Pink Race in West Palm Beach on Saturday, Jan. 27. The race holds a special place in the hearts of the Pahokee Elementary family because one of the school’s educators is a survivor of breast cancer.

“Cancer never entered my mind, but it stood staring at me in a glass case,” said Cheryl Chisolm, a first-grade teacher at Pahokee Elementary. “I had to face a monster and compete in a harnessed race.”

The spirit of hope, support and friendship consumed the employees as they cheered on co-worker and survivor Cheryl Chisolm throughout the day’s activities. The Pahokee Elementary School team had the opportunity to meet and walk with hundreds of survivors and their families during the Race for the Cure. They received tote bags and visited several sponsor and vendor tables to collect complimentary print collateral and giveaway items in support of breast cancer awareness. During the event, the team had an opportunity to sign the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office pink patrol car and the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue pink fire truck, as well as pose for a picture in front of Palm Tran’s 2018 Shades of Pink Bus.

Ms. Chisholm is an avid supporter of breast cancer initiatives because of her winning her battle with breast cancer. Ms. Chisholm participates in the walk and survivor ceremony during the Race for the Cure every year.

“Since Oct. 13, I’ve celebrated more than six years of being cancer-free thanks to God and my pals,” she said.

Ms. Chisholm also urges her fellow PES co-workers to participate in the race, educate themselves on breast cancer and get mammogram screenings. The Race for the Cure participation is a culmination of Ms. Chisholm’s advocacy efforts, embrace from her school community and Pahokee Elementary School’s mission of developing lifelong learners and global thinkers through high expectations (even within its faculty and staff).

Participating in the 2018 South Florida Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure gave these educators an opportunity to support their fellow teacher and support a philanthropic cause.

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