In the spirit of "kids helping kids," Cynwyd Elementary School recently hosted the 2018 Team Sean Walkathon – a weeklong, school-wide event in support of fourth grade student, Sean Herrmann, and his battle with ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T), a rare genetic disease which causes progressive loss of muscle control, immune system problems, and a high rate of cancer.
Throughout the week, students were invited to participate in a walkathon, scooter races and a friendly fundraising competition benefiting the AT Children's Project - a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support and coordinate biomedical research projects, scientific conferences and a clinical center aimed at finding life-improving therapies and a cure for ataxia-telangiectasia. The grade that raised the most money through walkathon sponsorships and other donations earned the chance for their teachers to compete head-to-head in a scooter race with the winning teacher having the opportunity to join Sean in pouring a bucket of slime on Principal Dan Martino's head during an all-school assembly.
The Team Sean Walkathon was a resounding success. The Owls initially set out to walk a collective 20,000 laps and raise $5,000, but by the end of the week, the Cynwyd community ultimately walked 26,951 laps – the equivalent of 898 miles – and raised more than $6,000 for A-T research!
With the walkathon and fundraising efforts complete, Dr. Martino had one chance to avoid being slimed at the all-school assembly. If he could knock down all of the pins while riding on a scooter, he would remain clean and un-slimed. Unfortunately for him, but fortunately for the rest of the school, he left one pin standing. Dr. Martino stayed true to his word as Sean and Cynwyd staff members were then able to pour a giant bucket of green slime on his head in front of the whole school!
For more information on ataxia-telangiectasia, the AT Children's Project and to find out how you can help, click here.