From left, Zach Young, Sharon Ramsey, Dakota Hughes and Tyler Hicks helped Ocoee Middle School raise $3,598 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this year.
Hughes, Young, and Hicks, all students on the Pacer’s Team at Ocoee Middle Schoo,l were the top three student donors. This donation drive is spearedheaded each year by Ramsey, a seventh-grade teacher at OMS whose son Ryan was diagnosed with cancer in 1984. He did not survive his disease. Two other teachers, Kim King and Brandi Haynie, shared their personal stories of their family connection to St. Jude’s this year with students as well. St. Jude’s is the foremost treatment and research center in the world for childhood cancer. No parent is expected to pay for their child’s treatment. It is supported totally by donations. The cost is $1.6 million per day to operate. Since 1987 OMS, formerly Bradley Junior High, has raised more than $180,612.62 by the students and faculty.