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Blythedale Students Spread Breast Cancer Awareness

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – Two students at Mount Pleasant Bythedale School joined Breast Cancer Awareness Month in their own way.

Anthony Torres along with the help of Hector Reyes, both 8th grade students at Blythedale, took the initiative to encourage fellow students and faculty members at Blythedale to wear pink Friday as a part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Torres recently lost his grandmother to breast cancer in May, which inspired him to honor her this month.

"I think it's a great example of how caring the students are in our school," Principal Emily Hersh said. "For Anthony, he was able to take a personal experience and extend it to his community and I think that shows a lot about his character."

On top of wearing pink, the students raised $50 of their own money to be donated to the Susan G. Komen for Cure Foundation. Hersh said she believes Torres and Reyes have set a model and that she believes other students in the school will take initiative to create ways of helping others.

Students at Mount Pleasant Blythedale School are hospital patients at the Blythedale Children's Hospital and receive an education while also receiving treatment and rehabilitative services. It is the only school in the state of New York to educate a hospital population.

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