BOSTON — Cheerleaders from Salem
are participating in the Cheer for Dana-Farber fundraiser. As a part of this
new fundraising initiative, the Salem High School varsity cheerleaders are
raising critical funds to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research
at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The fundraiser kicked off on Sept.
2 and will conclude on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. The concept of this new
fundraiser was submitted by cheerleading coaches Maureen Sullivan (Nashua,
N.H.) and Tamara Hayes (Shirley, Mass.). To participate in Cheer for
Dana-Farber, cheerleading teams can fundraise in their local communities
through initiatives such as car washes, bake sales, and canister collections.
There is no minimum fundraising requirement.
“As a cheerleading coach and being
involved in high school athletics, I am honored that Cheer for Dana-Farber has
become a reality,” Sullivan said. “So many of us have been touched by cancer in
some way, and we wanted a way to help support patient care and research at
Dana-Farber. This fundraiser will teach young adults about giving back through
their passion for cheerleading.”
All teams that raise $1,000 or more
will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize— a chance to perform a
pre-game cheerleading routine at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 29, 2013 when the New
England Patriots host the Buffalo Bills. Each additional $1,000 raised earns
teams an additional ticket entered into the drawing. The top five fundraising
teams will be invited to a master cheer class run by the New England Patriots
cheerleaders at the Dana-Farber field house in Foxboro, Mass.