When Mashpee High School senior Kassie L. Hildreth’s friend Jenna L. Santos’s mother, Mashpee resident Alice Campbell, was diagnosed with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer in the summer of 2012, Kassie did not feel discouraged. Instead, she was inspired to pursue a senior project the following year to raise money for cancer research.
“She had always been like a mother to me,” Kassie, a school choice student from East Falmouth, said via e-mail on Wednesday. “She told me if you want people to be proud of you, you must be proud of yourself first.”
Ms. Campbell died 10 weeks later at age 49, but the message she left Kassie motivated her to organize a walk and fundraiser called Kassie’s Walk for Cancer Research scheduled for Sunday, April 27, from 8 to 10 AM through Mashpee Commons. Registration for the walk is at 7:30 AM and a $15 participant fee will be donated to The Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
“So far, I am very proud of the work I have put toward my project,” Kassie said.
Throughout the past several months, she has spent over 30 hours on promoting the event, printing and packaging 1,500 flyers for each of the Mashpee schools to distribute to students and posting flyers in Southport Village and Mashpee Commons.
“This experience has been a huge impact on me. I have learned so much about many different people,” Kassie said, adding that she believes Ms. Campbell would be proud of her.
To register for the walk, contact Kassie’s senior project advisor Patricia Riley by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 508-539-3600, extension 2132. Registration fees will be accepted as cash or checks made payable to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or The Jimmy Fund and delivered to Mashpee High School, care of Patty Riley/Kassie Hildreth, 500 Old Barnstable Road, Mashpee MA 02649. Participants may also register the day of the event.