Breast Cancer Awareness Week at BCA

Breast Cancer Awareness Week at BCA
Posted on 11/28/2018
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For Bethlehem Christian Academy, breast cancer awareness week is a personal matter. Coach Julie Cavoretto, “Coach Cav”, Lady Knights’ Basketball coach and P.E. teacher, overcame a fight with the disease several years ago, and since then, the school honors her and supports the cause of breast cancer awareness for a week each October.

Students purchase a special t-shirt for the annual "Pink Out" football game.This year, senior Abby Godwin took the project on as the senior “capstone” project for her internship with BCA Marketing Director Elise Adams. 

“I learned that there’s a whole lot more to a project like this than I realized,” says Abby. 

“Abby really drove the project from start to finish,” says Adams. Abby helped design the shirts, check costs, decide on colors and fabrics, and order and distribute the shirts.

Abby also participated in choosing where to donate the proceeds from the t-shirt sales. 

“We wanted to bless someone local to our community, someone connected to us,” decided Abby.

Together, Adams and Abby decided to honor Mrs. Annette Herndon. Mrs. Herndon was not only a one-time member of the choir at Bethlehem First Baptist church, she was someone who impacted our local community and who touched the world. A Christian performer, song writer, and recording artist, women’s conference speaker, a former administrator of Come Alive Ministries, and a servant to the homeless, Mrs. Herndon passed away in August after a fight with breast cancer.

Annette’s husband Harold visited the BCA chapel service last month to receive the donation in honor of his wife. That was when Abby learned much more than just the skills it takes to complete a project. 

“I was so amazed to hear what a blessing Mrs. Herndon was. Mr. Herndon shared that while his wife was fighting cancer, she was also writing a worship album. To see faith like that just blew me away,” says Abby.

“Mr. Herndon was really there to bless us.  To see his faith in the midst of this storm also just really impacted me,” continues Abby. “I’ve never seen someone with the peace of God on Him like that. I’ve never experienced that before.”

“We are so thankful that Mr. Herndon was willing to come and share with our students about his wife’s story,” concludes Adams, “and to allow us to be encouraged by him. It also let our students see that they can make an impact in someone’s life, too.”

“It was a moving time for all of us,” says Spiritual Life Director Mike Elmankabady. “It was important for the students to see the impact of their fundraising, and to make the connection that they can make a difference.”

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