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St. Theresa School raises $3,000 during 'pink month'

Student-led effort raises funds for La Liga Contra el Cancer

From left: Officer Robert Alonso of the Coral Gables Police Department with Monica Cejas, Anabelle Cejas and Cristina Guanche-Martinez pose with the Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Police Car.

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From left: Officer Robert Alonso of the Coral Gables Police Department with Monica Cejas, Anabelle Cejas and Cristina Guanche-Martinez pose with the Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Police Car.

CORAL GABLES | A wave of pink enveloped St. Theresa School in October in support of breast cancer awareness month. 

Spearheaded by seventh-grader Anabelle Cejas in memory of her grandmother, Ana Montoya, the Student Council put together a community service project to support La Liga Contra el Cancer, a community-based organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. 

“Pink tee shirts were sold at the beginning of October to students, faculty, parents and grandparents,” said Cristina Guanche-Martinez, director of Curriculum and Student Council moderator at St. Theresa School.  “All of this was a result of a proposal presented to our principal (Carmelite Sister Rosalie Nagy), by Anabelle Cejas.”

Breast cancer impacted the lives of the Cejas family. “When I was pregnant with Anabelle, her grandmother contracted breast cancer and passed away,” said Monica Cejas. “We support the fight against breast cancer and pray for a cure.”

St. Theresa School seventh-grader Anabelle Cejas, center, prays for a breast cancer cure. With her, from left, are  Lourdes Ambros, Adriana Cora, volunteer executive vice president of La Liga Contra El Cancer, and Cristina Guanche-Martinez, director of Curriculum and Student Council moderator.

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St. Theresa School seventh-grader Anabelle Cejas, center, prays for a breast cancer cure. With her, from left, are Lourdes Ambros, Adriana Cora, volunteer executive vice president of La Liga Contra El Cancer, and Cristina Guanche-Martinez, director of Curriculum and Student Council moderator.

Adriana Cora, volunteer executive vice president of La Liga and herself a breast cancer survivor, was on hand to accept the $3,000 donation from St. Theresa School.

“Early detection is key,” said Cora. “Mammograms are essential as we fight for a cure. We are so very grateful for this donation, as it will help save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.”

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