Second-grader inspires staff to designate day for cancer survivors
By Jackie Orozco, Reporter
DAVENPORT, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A second-grader started a new tradition at her school that began with a simple letter to her principal. She wanted to do something special during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
"My aunt had breast cancer, and I want to support her and all the other people that have breast cancer," said Adalyn Chivers of Davenport.
Chivers learned a lot about cancer when she was only five.
"We've had cancer, in general, in our family: lung cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and we have a two-year-old with cancer that actually has a rare form of cancer in his eyes," said Adalyn's mother, Melissa.
Adalyn has been an active supporter for cancer survivors. She walks in the Susan G. Koman event every year. This year, she wants her school to get involved too, just by wearing the color pink for one day. A few weeks ago, she penned the letter.
"I said, 'Dear Mrs. Scarborough, I want to support breast cancer. My name is Adalyn. I want to have a pink day at school,'" Adalyn explained.
"I was really pleased with her level of maturity to start with," said Horizons Elementary School Principal Yvette Scarborough, "and just the connection she wanted to share with other students."
Cancer hits close to home for the principal too.
"My mom had breast cancer, and my dad passed away from cancer," said Scarborough. "So we both kind of shared a connection with that."
The principal deemed October 15 as "Pink Day." Everyone at her school, including staff are encouraged to wear pink. Mission accomplished.
"It makes me feel really happy," said Adalyn.
Little Addy already has the perfect outfit for the school's First Annual Pink Day too.
"I'm going to wear a pink shirt that has a cute little puppy on it that says paws for the cause and some pink shorts," she said.
"I'm very, very, very proud of her," said her mother. "She's definitely a go getter and when she puts her mind into something it gets done."
Adalyn Chivers is trying to get all the Polk County Public Schools to mark October 15 as Pink Day.