'Real kids' wear pink for breast cancer awareness

October 20, 2017 06:20 PM

COHOES – Even the best teachers will tell you that sometimes the best lessons are not in the classroom. And they don’t always come from teachers, either.

"I'm just really happy that all these kids came out to support a great cause today,” said Carli O’Hara, 11, a 6th grader at Cohoes Middle School. "We all woke up early, we all got ready and we're here so, I'm happy."

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She and her friends gathered outside Albany Broadcasting in Latham at 7:30 a.m. for a ride to school set up through CDTA. Rolling in was the pink-painted bus to raise Breast Cancer Awareness. O’Hara’s grandmother, Charlene Squires, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer long before Carli was even born.

"Knowing the money and what other people did to support her during that time she's still with me today and that's why I decided that I want to honor her, honor all the people that helped her through her process,” said Carli.

She asked for $2 donations from her classmates and they did, also wearing pink. Her former elementary school, Harmony Hill, also raised $400.

"The best ideas come from those a lot younger and smarter than us so we're really happy to participate,” said CDTA CEO Carm Basile. "We're a partner with the Cohoes City School District, kids use our buses to get to school and when we heard about this and we're involved in the pink initiative it makes a lot of sense. But hats off to her and hats off to all the kids that are here."

CDTA employees painted the bus, using three gallons "and away they went,” said Basile. "It'll return to its normal blue at the end of October but it's great to be involved in this very worthy cause."

"I'm very lucky to have all this possible,” said Carli, adding, "without the research and everything she probably wouldn't be here with me today and I wouldn't be her spoiled little grandchild."

The kids raised $830 in the middle school and $400 in the elementary school.


John Craig

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