Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 'Going Gold' Traditions Continue Districtwide

Sept. 18, 2023 - Annually, Comal ISD goes gold in September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month, campuses host fundraising events for childhood cancer research, care and more. This year, the districtwide wear gold day is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 22.

A few campus events are included here.

The Davenport High School volleyball team hosted a Gold Out Game recognizing Rowan Wilburn, a sixth-grade student at Danville Middle School, and Sloane Paveglio, a fifth-grade student at Garden Ridge Elementary School, both cancer survivors. The team also donated bags filled with activities and toys to University Hospital Children's Cancer Wing.

Nominees for the all-senior homecoming court at Pieper High School collectively are raising funds to benefit the Seth Strong Foundation and plan to present a check to the Foundation’s founder at the homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 22.

For at least one member, it is personal. Eddie Lin, a senior at PHS and a nominee on the homecoming court, created a GoFundMe campaign titled “Warriors Against Childhood Cancer” to raise funds.

“As the son of a cancer patient, I know some of the struggles that cancer places upon a family. I have seen how it ravages an individual’s well-being, and I can only imagine how much worse it is for children fighting it,” Lin said in his campaign.

Both Pieper Ranch Middle and Spring Branch Middle schools are hosting week-long campaigns that benefit the Seth Strong Foundation as well.

This is the third year that PRMS has hosted a Go Gold week giving students the opportunity to donate cash or checks during lunch periods. The week culminates in a fun Friday when teachers volunteer to have a ‘pie in the face,’ taped to a wall, ‘silly stringed’ and more. The total of funds collected will be presented to the Foundation during a pep rally in October.

One of the original campuses to host a Go Gold Childhood Awareness Week is SBMS. At SBMS, the week-long awareness and fund-raising efforts include something special every day during lunch periods from singing karaoke for $1, buying a strip of tape for a $1 to tape a teacher to the wall, to $1 tickets to shave a teacher’s head. All proceeds from this week-long campaign go directly to the Foundation and to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

The Seth Strong Foundation serves Spring Branch and the surrounding area by providing grants to families of children with cancer, as well as providing scholarships to Comal ISD students who have had cancer or have been affected directly by it.


-The Davenport High School Volleyball team hosted a Gold Out Game and recognized two cancer survivors, Rowan Wilburn and Sloane Paveglio.

-The Davenport High School Volleyball team donated bags filled with activities and toys to University Hospital Children's Cancer Wing.


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