Lincoln Charter ‘pink out’ hits home for survivors


Lincoln Charter staff members Holly Piercy, left, and Meredith Post are breast cancer survivors.

DENVER — There were good times for a good cause at Lincoln Charter Oct. 29, as students clad in pink raised money for breast cancer awareness. 

The high school Interact Club organized the event, which included “Stuck for a Buck,” where students could pay a dollar for a piece of tape they could use to stick staff members to the wall. All proceeds from the fundraiser were donated to the Susan G. Komen organization, which provides resources for breast cancer patients. 

“It affects so many women,” said senior Emily Baker, president of the Interact Club. “It is very popular to fundraise for, but every little bit of money raised makes a difference.” 

Last August, the school held a parade for Nicole David, an intervention specialist and former kindergarten teacher, after she was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, the most common form of breast cancer. Four months later after finishing treatment, she was declared cancer-free. 

Though her prognosis is positive, David said receiving treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic presented some challenges she was unprepared for. 

“My husband was never able to attend treatment with me,” David said, adding that her reconstruction surgery after undergoing a mastectomy, originally scheduled for later this year, was pushed to February since it is considered an elective procedure. “As I’ve told my coworkers and friends, to me, that part is going to be closure. Even though it’s not the last surgery, it’s still closer to that final step.” 

Lincoln Charter Elementary administrator Melissa Nance was taped to the wall during the “Stuck for a Buck” fundraiser for breast cancer awareness.

David isn’t the first staff member diagnosed with breast cancer at Lincoln Charter. Meredith Post, an elementary teaching assistant, and Holly Piercy, a fifth grade teacher, found out they had the disease in 2013. Both went to the same oncologist and surgeon, and fortunately, did not have to undergo any chemotherapy treatments. They have been cancer-free for eight years. 

“I had been having mammograms forever and I was totally shocked,” Piercy said. “I just didn’t say a lot about it. I have friends who have had terrible situations with cancer, and I felt like mine was so miniscule compared to theirs.” 

“If I’ve learned anything from it, it’s that life is precious,” she added. “Sometimes we get caught up in so much of what we’re doing and we don’t think about that.” 

The survivors, at different stages in their breast cancer journeys, said seeing students and staff support a cause that is personal to them fills them with an overwhelming sense of gratitude — and reflects what the community at Lincoln Charter stands for. 

“I think it’s great,” said Post. “I think it teaches a lot of the kids what cancer is, and that you can actually have cancer and survive, so I think it brings awareness to the situation.” 

David added: “We talk about being one big family, and I know people say that a lot, but until you are in the midst of it, you don’t really understand what type of family this is. It’s just the culture of the whole school with the staff, students and parents.”

 

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