by Nina Shearrill, Business Manager
The ‘Do It For Dominic’ event has been raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer in the local La Grange and La Grange Park areas for years. After the death of Ogden Avenue second-grader Dominic Cairo in 2011, Ogden Avenue Elementary Student Council and their advisor, Tara Peterson, began a St. Baldrick's fundraising team in order to register other students to participate in fundraising. On March 15 they hosted their annual event at the Max McCook Athletic Center.
“Anna Cairo [Dominic's mom] had approached our student council and she brought the idea to us as a way for the community to raise funds for childhood cancer research,” Peterson said. “I think it was a really wonderful way to honor her son and carry on his legacy.”
The students in the community, even kids as young as first graders, took interest in helping fundraise for St. Baldrick’s.
“I think it’s amazing what an active role the kids took in this,” Peterson said. “They were so excited and motivated to help out.”
A few years later another teacher at Ogden became the advisor for their Student Council, thus taking a huge role in facilitating their ‘Do It For Dominic’ team.
“When I took over Student Council, I knew that it was a big event that Student Council helps promote,” Ogden teacher and Student Council advisor Lauren Vaupell said. “I didn’t really know what to expect, but when you are here you get it. It just means so much to all the people that are here.”
Fundraising events that branch off from St. Baldrick’s allow people to participate in fundraising on a local level.
“We who aren’t affected [by cancer] or don’t have it, feel kind of helpless,” Joshua Thomas, Forest Road Elementary School teacher, said. “St. Baldrick's is one of those things that allows people like us to be able to do something about it first-hand.”
Before the Ogden team, there was the Forest Road St. Baldrick’s team. Several former Forest Road students and teachers still participate in the events.
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