12/4/2012 1:25:00 PM Girls pink out against cancer
Hayley Guse (left) and Tessa Johnston present their check. Submitted photo.
The Cancer Support Group of Othello has a little more support these days, as two high school seniors raised funds to help out their cause. Hayley Guse and Tessa Johnston sold T-shirts with "Othello Tough Enough to Wear Pink" printed on the front, helping to raise awareness around town about breast cancer. The girls sold the shirts and used a portion of their profits, $515, to help out the support group. The group meets at 4 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Othello Senior Center, 755 N. Seventh Ave. The next meeting will be Dec. 11. The cancer support group not only offers mental and emotional help to those in need of it, they also offer financial contributions, as well. The money raised by and donated to the group goes to help with things like getting to doctor appointments, paying for gas and lodging and other small expenses that are mainly overlooked by insurance coverage. In addition to getting people to and from appointments and treatments, the group offers advice, guidance and help to anyone who needs it. Guse and Johnston sold the T-shirts as part of their senior project through Othello High School. Each of them also wrote a research paper on different aspects of cancer. Guse wrote her paper on alternative cancer treatments and Johnston focused on breast cancer, specifically when to get mammograms and other screenings to help detect cancer sooner. The girls sold the T-shirts in October, in correlation with the national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Both girls plan to pursue a career in the medical field. They completed volunteer hours at the Columbia Basin Health Association's Oct. 30 health day to bring more attention to breast cancer and how it affects people in the community.