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Warwick Valley High School Leadership Academy student raises $13,000 to help fight breast cancer

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  • Group shot of Minute to Win It participants.

  • Photos provided by WVSD/Maureen Westphal Minute to Win It participants.

  • Avon 39 walkers gather in Washington, D.C.

  • Katelyn Pinskey, far right, with the members of her team, at the Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., at the conclusion of the Avon 39 walk.

  • WVHS Junior Katelyn Pinskey

— Students in the Warwick Valley High School Leadership Academy are required to choose a service project in the fall and then work on that project throughout the year.

Junior Katelyn Pinskey based her project on the fight against breast cancer, having been touched by the disease in her own family – her grandmother is a survivor – and seeing a family friend currently battling through it.

Katelyn decided to support Avon’s breast cancer crusade, forming a team for the May 2017 “AVON 39: The Walk to End Breast Cancer” and fund raising throughout the year.

Through her efforts, Katelyn was able to raise $13,000 for the Avon Foundation for Women.

Minute to Win It fund raiser nets more than $2,000One of Katelyn’s major fund raisers was her “Minute to Win It” challenge in April at the American Legion Hall. The event was based on the popular game show in which teams try to complete “simple” games in a friendly competition.

The contestants have 60 seconds to complete each challenge, which increase in difficulty as the game progresses.

Katelyn maximized the opportunity for fund raising by selling ad space in a brochure she created for the event.

She also sold chocolate bars and did plenty of networking - soliciting private donations throughout the year, never letting up in her efforts to raise as much money as possible through her project.

Avon 39: Walking 39.3 miles over two days Katelyn’s team of five included her mom, her aunt, two family friends and herself. Together they walked 39.3 miles from Washington, D.C., to Maryland on May 6-7.

Ahead of the event, each walker also fund raises a minimum of $1,800, which is funneled by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to local and national organizations that help individuals, regardless of their ability to pay, get the breast cancer health care they need.

After walking 26.2 miles on Day 1, participants camped out at Meadowbrook Park.

They continued their walk the next day with a 13.1 mile trek, ending at Nationals Park, where they celebrated their achievement with family and friends.

This year, about 1,500 people participated in the event in Washington DC, raising $4 million.

Katelyn is grateful to all who supported her efforts, especially her team of walkers.

She’s hopeful the money raised will help save lives and maybe play a part in finding a cure.

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