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Canyon High School students work to crush cancer

Posted: December 1, 2009 9:02 p.m.
Updated: December 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Canyon High School's chapter of the American Cancer Society, known as the Canyon Cancer Crushers, organized a tobacco cemetery on Nov. 19 to honor those who have died from tobacco-related illnesses as an effort to support the Great American Smokeout.

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The national “Great American Smokeout,” sponsored by the American Cancer Society was held Nov. 19, challenging everyone to quit smoking.

In order to help promote the cause, Canyon High School’s chapter of ACS, the Canyon Cancer Crushers, organized a tobacco cemetery in honor of those that have died from tobacco-related illnesses.

In this cemetery, multiple tombstones were placed in the ground covering the senior quad on campus, each one displaying the name and date of someone who died due to tobacco use.

In addition to this, club members walked around school wearing signs that had statistics of the ways tobacco is harmful to a person’s health.

Pencils that had “Do It Write Don’t Smoke!” written on their sides were also passed out during brunch and lunch to help spread the word.

With the help of Canyon’s ACS director Mrs. Cheryl Hanks, President Courtney Lloyd, Vice President Jamie Arnold, Treasurer Lauren Blachowiak, Timothy and Sue Peak and the rest of the ASC team, the whole operation was a huge success.

Lauren Blachowiak is a junior at Canyon High School.

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