Cure Club hosts Quiz for Cure fundraiser

Cure Club hosts Quiz for Cure fundraiser

QUESTIONS THAT CURE: Laughing while trying to answer trivia question, a group of Quiz for Cure participants play to take the winning title. Cure Club hosted Quiz for Cure to benefit GBS teacher Linda Kocian and student Yasmine Chavez.

John Schurer, asst. news editor

The first annual Quiz For A Cure (Q4C), hosted by Cure Club, occurred on March 20 in the East Cafeteria to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, according to Benya Chongolnee, Cure Club leader.

“Q4C was created because [Cure Club] wanted to start talking about Relay for Life early on,” Chongolnee said. “[It] is coming up [soon] and we wanted to begin publicizing for it through the American Cancer Society.”

Teams of students could participate in the trivia night aimed at raising funds and awareness about cancer, as well as having a fun night with friends. Q4C featured lip-sync battles and guest speakers such as Stevi Marks, retired GBS choir director and breast cancer survivor.

Another purpose of the event was to raise awareness about GBS teacher Linda Kocian, who is currently battling multiple myeloma, and South senior Yasmin Chavez, who recently fought off Non-Hodgkins Diffused Large B-Cell Lymphoma cancer.

Diagnosed earlier last year, Kocian has since undergone many months of treatment. Through it all, South has been continually supportive of her. Likewise, the GBS community came together for Chavez.

“All the fundraisers and [people] visiting me at the hospital and at home were very special to me,” Chavez said. “There are no words to describe how grateful I am to be surrounded by good people with such positive vibes.”

Part of this year’s success with Quiz for a Cure is due to the home-hitting effects of cancer at South, according to Deborah Stein, Cure Club sponsor.

She also believes the event was a successful precursor to Relay for Life, and she has high hopes for the future.

“I would love to see teams get into Q4C more,” Stein said. “We could even take those teams that get involved in Quiz for a Cure and [make] them [into] Relay for Life teams.”