The Joliet Central High School gymnasium was painted pink during the JTHS Pink Heals volleyball game on Oct 18.
Filled with students, athletes, families and supporters of the Pink Heals Chapter of Joliet, proceeds from the annual volleyball game of Joliet Central vs. Joliet West went to support women in the community battling cancer.
This year, more than $13,000 was raised in total donations for Pink Heals. JTHS Volleyball (Central and West) raised more than $12,500. The JTHS girls swim team raised an additional $500. JROTC collected loose change and donations, and wore pink shoulder cords on their dress days to highlight the fundraiser.
Pink Heals Joliet Area Chapter is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that raises awareness and funds for families and nonprofit entities that assists in those battling cancer within the cities they visit.
On Nov. 18, Pink Heals went to surprise Joliet Central High School teacher Marie Ryan, who is currently fighting cancer. Led by the Lockport Fire Company 6 and the battalion chief, many people visited Marie Ryan’s home to show their love and support, including her family, friends and staff and students from Joliet Township High School.