Block out cancer success

DECA event bounces back after struggles in pandemic

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Ali Norris

DECA members (L-R) Mariyah Reiman, Emma Vermette, and Mariah Vargas count money raised during the miracle minute at the football game.

On September 17, Wyandotte DECA hosted their annual football game for their Block Out Cancer campaign in support of cancer research programs at C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital.
Each year DECA advisor Elissa Cumiskey assigns a group of upperclassmen to lead the project, this year being: seniors Nina Steffin, Jake Conz, Francesca Giammalva and juniors Javarri Watts and Kendyl Andry-Stelter.
“I think the fact that we got the entire community together in one place in one night all fighting and there for the same thing was probably the biggest success of the whole project,” Giammalva said.
While they did not meet their goal completely, the event was still a success, bringing in a total of $21,122.12 from a variety of fundraisers. Those fundraisers include: jersey sponsorships, miracle minutes throughout the community, t-shirt sales, bandanas/masks, and local Jo Brighton bakery cookies.
“We sold the most t-shirts ever compared to prior years, the overall money goal we didn’t meet completely, but we are still working on it,” Steffin said.
With the face of Block Out Cancer being Brady Phillips, a Wyandotte local and son of RHS alum Britney Phillips, community is a big theme throughout, especially in the stands at the Block Out Cancer football game.
“My favorite part of the event was seeing all of the students in the student section and everyone with a different colored shirt on,” Giammalva said. “Everyone was really just showing their bear pride that night.”
Looking to leave an impact on the future, Cumiskey found a new and unique way to raise money by holding what DECA called a “Miracle Moment”. Similar to the Miracle Minute, anyone around the world, for an hour time period, could send in donations through Venmo to help support the cause.
“The fact that it was longer than just a minute and you were able to Venmo was probably one of the smartest things I think Cumiskey has ever come up with…the new aspects of technology really made the whole project move a lot smoother,” Giammalva said.
Although to the public eye it seems that the project is finished for the year, there is a lot that goes on in the classroom.
“The next step for the project would be writing our paper and working on our presentation. Those aspects are things that people don’t see, since they are more behind the scenes,” Conz said.
Through teamwork, dedication, and involvement of Wyandotte’s community, DECA had yet another successful year of Block Out Cancer.
“I am so proud of my team and everyone who helped out with this project, it was such a great event and I had so much fun,” Conz said.