Anna Club supports cancer warriors


The Bassos accept a donation from students.

Catherine Mouer, Reporter

Partnering with the One Million for Anna Foundation, the student club focuses on assisting families throughout the treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma.

Club sponsor Beth Riley said the purpose is to help ease the burdens families bear during treatments. The club will provide “cards, prayers, blankets, [and] goodies for when they’re getting poked and prodded to help encourage them. We [could] go and mow their yard, tidy up their flowers, or do something that helps alleviate the stress and pain of what they’re going through.”

In November of 2009, JPII student Anna Basso was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive bone cancer. She fought the cancer throughout her junior and senior year. Eighteen months after her original diagnosis, Anna passed away.

During her battle, Anna’s friends and classmates rallied around her. She was crowned homecoming queen during her senior year; friends posted on social media and prayed daily at 12:12pm, a time chosen for Romans 12:12.

After Anna’s death, her family wanted to do more for families facing the disease. One Million For Anna Foundation was officially launched in January 2012.

Mrs Riley hopes that the entire JPII community will become involved in 1MFA.

She said, “My hope is that everybody who attends here and works here learns what 1M4A is and can go out into the world and continue to spread the word so that Ewing Sarcoma is something that was in the past because we were able to figure out a cure.”