Pelham Welcomes New Club: The Breast Cancer Awareness Club


Members of the Breast Cancer Awareness Club fundraise money by selling bracelets, stickers, and tattoos.

Ava Paolucci, Staff Reporter

A new club here at PMHS is looking to raise consciousness for a crucial issue.  The Breast Cancer Awareness Club, created by tenth graders Maddy Finster and Cristina Stefanizzi, is looking to fundraise for and spread awareness of a worthy cause.  The members have already raised over $3,000, and are not looking to raise much more before the school year ends.

The club is currently fundraising for the American Cancer Society.  ACS is a nonprofit group determined to wipe out cancer. The American Cancer Society helps by researching cures, supporting patients, and educating people on the disease.  Anyone can donate to this amazing society by going to  The page will close on December 31st.  The club’s ultimate goal is to raise $10,000, making Pelham Memorial High School the highest yielding group on the site.   

The founders of the club have been working for this cause the past couple of years. 

“We started The Breast Cancer Awareness Club because many people, including me, have lost loved ones due to the terrible illness called Breast Cancer.  In 8th grade, for our community project, we started ‘Pelham Goes Pink.’  We raised money and awareness for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  During quarantine, we decided we wanted to continue our impact on PMHS,” co-founder Maddy Finstersaid.   

The group ran a bracelet, sticker, and tattoo sale the week of October 19 through 23. To end the week of fundraising, students and faculty were asked to wear pink that Friday in support of Real Kids Wear Pink Day.  

The Pelham Fire Department has also tremendously helped the cause. The firefighters spread the news about the club’s donation page across the wider town population.  The Pelham Fire Department donated money and shirts that will be sold to raise funds in the near future.  The Breast Cancer Awareness Club plans to have a few more fundraisers by the end of 2020, possibly including a raffle, selling shirts and other items, and a race.     

”My favorite part about running the club is probably the different activities we get to plan and the people across different grade levels we get to work with.  We learn a lot about members of our community, like the fire and police departments who supported us so much during these past few weeks. We are eternally grateful for their support and their efforts to keep our community safe,” co-founder Cristina Stefanizzi said

For students who want to join the club, meetings are on Tuesdays.  To join, send either the founders or advisor Ms. Cerreto an email to be added to the GroupMe and the Google Classroom page.  There is also an Instagram page which can be followed @pmhs.breastcancer.awarness