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Alton High School Air Force Junior ROTC master sergeant Joshua Fuller and Hannah Fry are working to raise money for a cancer fund-raiser next month. The Alton Junior ROTC volunteers throughout the year with community events and causes.
Hannah Fry of the Alton High School Air Force Junior ROTC is excited about her unit’s involvement with the Siteman Cancer Center’s fitness event next month.
“Last year we raised $1,600, and we want to double that this year,” Fry, 16, said. “One of our cadets works with Siteman and said it would be a good organization to get involved with.”
On March 8, the Siteman Cancer Center is hosting its annual “Celebrate Fitness” event at the Washington University Athletic Complex in St. Louis. The 90-minute exercise workshop for men and women will include yoga, Zumba, water aerobics, boot camp, and both walks and runs.
This year’s event benefits the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program, a support and research program focused on breast cancer patients under the age of 44, and the Director’s Discovery Fund, which provides funding for research at Siteman.
The Alton ROTC, striving to maintain the Air Force core values of “integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all,” will be working hard in the coming weeks to raise money for the center. Each cadet must raise a minimum of $25 to participate.
“We are taking all of our cadets to the event and donating the money to Siteman,” Fry, who has been with the program for three years and plans to go into the Army, said. “This is such an important cause.”
The Alton ROTC program has been recognized as one of the most successful Junior ROTC programs in the country.
“Our cadets invest their time and talent in community service and volunteer for leadership positions within the corps and Alton High School,” Department Chair and retired USAF Colonel Peter T. Wrangler said.
“We set goals at the beginning of each year,” Fry added. “To be recognized as one of the best units in the U.S., you have to do a lot of community service. We are on our way to getting the title of ‘distinguished unit merit,’ meaning we are among the best in the country.”
The unit plans to greatly exceed the minimum requirements and takes advantage of opportunities such as volunteering with the Hope Center and assisting the Grandpa Gang with the Christmas Wonderland light display at Rock Spring Park.
Joshua Fuller, Junior ROTC master sergeant, says he feels the program helps bring unity to the Greater Alton area.
“I like the fact that you can come together and do things for the community as well as learn discipline that you can use in the future,” Fuller said.
For more information and to make a donation, contact Hannah Fry at (618) 420-1635 or AHS ROTC Department Chair Peter Wrangler, Col., USAF (retired) at (618) 474-2274.