Cy Lakes, Cy Springs unite to raise awareness for childhood cancer

September 28, 2018

: Dr. Cheryl Henry (left), Cypress Springs High School principal, and Rusty Rohan (second from left), Cypress Springs head football coach, join Ronald Patton (second from right), Cypress Lakes High School head football coach, and Sarah Harty, Cypress Lakes principal, in presenting a check during the team’s ‘Gold Out’ game Sept. 22 at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium
Dr. Cheryl Henry (left), Cypress Springs High School principal, and Rusty Rohan (second from left), Cypress Springs head football coach, join Ronald Patton (second from right), Cypress Lakes High School head football coach, and Sarah Harty, Cypress Lakes principal, in presenting a check during the team’s ‘Gold Out’ game Sept. 22 at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium. Both schools sold t-shirts leading up to the game, with the proceeds going to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. Accepting the check on behalf of the foundation were Eduardo and Katina Robalino and their three daughters. One daughter, Elena Robalino, was diagnosed with monolithic lymphoma in July 2017.

By Mya Banks, Cypress Springs HS

Sept. 28, 2018—In helping raise awareness for childhood cancer, Cypress Lakes and Cypress Springs high schools joined together for one week in September, which is observed as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and featured groups, schools and business incorporating gold ribbons into their events.

That was the case with Cypress Lakes and Cypress Springs in their ‘Gold Out’ game Sept. 22 at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium.

Both schools sold t-shirts leading up to the game, with the proceeds going to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. On gameday, students, staff and supporters proudly displayed their t-shirts, which featured gold lettering and proclaimed support for the battle against childhood cancer.

“My cousin’s daughter has leukemia,” said Cypress Springs assistant principal Kimberly Johnson, who was among the Panthers’ supporters wearing the school’s blue-colored ‘Gold Out’ attire. “She’s only two years old, so this is very personal to me.”

A presentation was made during halftime, with Eduardo and Katina Robalino and their three daughters accepting a check worth $3,150 on behalf of the foundation. One of their daughters, Elena Robalino, was diagnosed with monolithic lymphoma in July 2017, and the family acknowledged the crowds from both schools for their support and effort in raising awareness.

The Cypress Springs Panteras and Cypress Lakes Sterling Stars pose together for a photo before the two schools played their varsity football game Sept. 22 at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium. The drill teams have performed together for six years and raised and donated more than $1,400 to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.
The Cypress Springs Panteras and Cypress Lakes Sterling Stars pose together for a photo before the two schools played their varsity football game Sept. 22 at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium. The drill teams have performed together for six years and raised and donated more than $1,400 to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

“I bought the shirt because of the cause,” said Karina Olivia, a Cypress Springs supporter and parent. “I’m always supporting something like that for kids.

“Kids are the future.”

Game participants were treated a combine halftime performance from the Cypress Springs Panteras and Cypress Lakes Sterling Stars, continuing a six-year relationship between the drill teams. They also participated in the fundraising and donated more than $1,400 to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

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