The Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted a booth to raise awareness for leukemia during the Homecoming Street Fair on Oct. 17. SAAC offered information sheets to aid in building knowledge about the disease and sold leukemia awareness t-shirts.
This year’s SAAC booth was dedicated to the memory of four-year-old Victoria Schuerch. A regular at Campus Kinderhaus, Schuerch was diagnosed with leukemia and passed away on Sept. 11.
Schuerch was incredibly loved by those who worked at the Kinderhaus, and SAAC decided that her memory needed to be represented at this year’s street fair. President of SAAC Jordan Grays commented that SAAC had been preparing at least two weeks for the upcoming booth.
Grays also mentioned the roots of SAAC’s decision to honor Schuerch.
“It started out as a small idea; we just wanted to raise awareness for leukemia in her memory,” Grays said.
The support continued to pour in. According to Grays, as many as forty members of the girl’s family pledged their intention to attend and aid during the street fair because they were touched by the commemoration and intent to raise awareness for leukemia.
The booth turned out to be one of the largest represented at the street fair; Grays was excited by the turnout.
“… As more and more of the girl’s family came on board with us, our idea became much larger than we anticipated,” Grays said.
All proceeds from t-shirt sales were given to the Schuerch family. Donations can be made to the Victoria Ann Schuerch Childhood Leukemia Research Fund at Quincy Credit Union.