Putnam City School students learn early that giving to OMRF’s cancer research efforts is a good thing. In Nathan Holliday, it instilled a timeless lesson: It’s better to give than to receive. Now 18 and about to graduate from Putnam City West High School, Holliday says that as chair of PC West’s Cancer Fund Drive, he’s learned lessons that he’ll carry with him throughout his life.
T-shirt sales, powder puff football, car washes, talent shows—we do whatever it takes to get students involved and pumped up. My freshman year we raised more than $40,000.
My grandpa died of cancer in 2001, and my dad had melanoma twice.
Everybody buys Cancer Fund Drive t-shirts. Even if you only have $5 in your pocket, giving it to the Cancer Fund Drive does something great.
The cancer drive started 30-some-odd years ago, but it’s still relevant today. So many people have been touched by cancer.
If we were just doing this for our school, it wouldn’t be as successful. This is for something that’s bigger than everybody.
We’ve raised nearly $3 million for OMRF because (Putnam City teacher) Lois Thomas cared about people back in the 1970s.
She proved that one person really can start a revolution.
The cancer drive has helped me be a better person and a better leader.
When scientists find a cure for cancer, we’ll know we’ve been a part of it.