Fossil Ridge freshman Cade Restivo sacrificed time and effort to raise money and awareness for a disease that has touched his family.
Every weekday morning in May, through a lot of rainy days, he stood outside the school and collected donations for the Lupus Foundation of America. He also accepted donations in the cafeteria during lunch. All in all, he raised $600.
Cade’s mother has lupus, and he wanted to do something concrete to help during Lupus Awareness Month.
“We do a lot of stuff for breast cancer and other causes, so I asked my teacher if there was anything we could do for lupus awareness,” Cade said.
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Jennifer Morgan, his French teacher, suggested he make buttons. Winn Skinner, his photojournalism teacher, donated supplies for the buttons.
“I gave people buttons if they made a donation,” Cade said.
Donors could choose from three slogans: "Knock out Lupus," "Rockin' Purple for Lupus" and "Fight Today for a Cure."
He also asked classmates to wear purple, the color of lupus awareness, to school one day and was amazed at how many students participated.