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Mini-Relay For Life at Kittrell Elementary


This year, more than 700 people will be diagnosed with cancer in Black Hawk County alone. With those numbers, most all of us are sure to know someone affected by it and it's not just adults that have to deal with the emotional effects of this disease. That's why Kittrell Elementary in Waterloo decided to start having this conversation.

"It's scary and you don't want to be in that position," said fourth grader Faith Sailor.

But Sailor isn't scared anymore when she thinks about her grandmother who had cancer.

"Today it makes me realize that my grandma is safe up there now and I don't have to worry about her getting hurt," said Sailor.

Kittrell Elementary in Waterloo is participating in a mini Relay For Life. All week students have been singing songs about cancer and learning about cancer prevention.

"They shouldn't make fun of people with cancer because it's not good and if they had cancer they should think about if they would like people making fun of them," said fourth grader Breann Minikus.

Kittrell Elementary art teacher Linda Harris has been organizing the mini-Relay For Life.

She says its hard to hear so many of these students know someone with cancer.

"It seems sad to me that there are so many connections with people, a family member, friends, other kids. It's something they hear a lot about so its good to just talk about it," Harris said.

This is the first year Kittrell Elementary is trying this type of event. They say they may try to do it again. The teachers have a group that plans to do the full Relay for Life in Black Hawk County. That's coming up June 17-18 at Hawkeye Community College.

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