Elizabeth Williams is a Spanish teacher at DPHS and facilitates the ACSYC.
“The purpose [of the club] is to raise awareness of cancer on our campus and within the community, especially regarding risk reduction, prevention, and early detection, as well as making a difference in the lives of those who suffer from the disease,” she said.
Several of Williams’s students have family members fighting cancer. Two years ago Angelica Juarez, one of Williams’s students, was struggling with her mom’s recent cancer diagnosis. Williams decided to start a Relay for Life team with her students as a way to help Juarez and show support. That first year the club raised $2,500 in two weeks by selling “May the Cure be with You” shirts and continued as a club the following year. She said she realized the hunger among her students to do something to end cancer.