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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Senior project to benefit children with cancer

Meet Mike Steinlight.

Hint: he's the oldest one in the picture and a member of the Tri-Cities Optimist Club in Pasco-Tri-Cities, Washington. He is also the adviser to the  students in the picture (right to left) Terra Olson, Cynthia Diaz and Israel Rios at Pasco High School.

After a visit to the Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Spokane, the students decided to take on a senior project to benefit the children in the pediatric cancer unit. During their visit, they learned that chemotherapy strains vision and hearing and since children are often in-patient for treatment, sometimes for months at a time, the students decided there should be larger televisions in the patients rooms.

The project, playfully dubbed the "Bigger Picture" has the students reaching out to the community to help raise $13,000 - the amount needed for twenty-five 32" televisions. The big fundraising event is a dinner dance and auction, to be held at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco on April 29.

Auction donations are welcome, and tickets are available from the students or members of the Tri-Cities Optimist Club who, according to Charlie Kissler, are helping the students get this project done.  Contact Charlie Kissler to learn more.

Many thanks to the students - Terra, Cynthia and Israel - for caring and especially for their drive to complete such an ambitious project.

Thanks to Lareena Roberson for forwarding the story.  Please read more in the Tri-City Herald.
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