High school students donate over $3,000 to cancer center

Tammy Niemoth and Deanne Evarts of the Callahan Cancer Center accept a check from the North Platte High School Cheerleaders, Destiny Thompson, Haeley Folk, Aleecia Pace and Ashlyn Hayes. (Source: Holly Barraclough KNOP TV)

Over three thousand dollars was raised by a North Platte High School team in the fight against cancer.,

The North Platte High School Cheerleaders presented a check of $3,682.94 to the Callahan Cancer Center in North Platte Wednesday.

During the week of October 25th, the high school cheerleaders hosted a "Purple Out.' During that time the squad sold balloons, raffle tickets and shirts, among other things.

At the October 25th home football game at the end of the week, the squad wore purple jerseys with different cancer patients names on the back.

The money they raised was given via check presentation Wednesday afternoon to the Callahan Cancer Center who said they are appreciative of the students efforts and for the donation. They said the money will go towards patients and things they might need during treatment like gas or travel expenses getting to and from their medical appointments.

The cheerleaders said this is the third year of the purple out for cancer as a whole and before that, it was pink out for breast cancer specifically. They said this year they raised $400 more than last year.