BRIDGEWATER, NJ - During the month of October, students and instructors from Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School’s Cosmetology and Health Occupations programs held two separate fundraisers to generate donations for cancer research.

Cosmetology Instructor Julie Francis and her students hold a yearly Cut-A-Thon to raise money for Cure Search for Childhood Cancer Research in memory of Francis’ niece Mackenzie Wright.  At age 7, Mackenzie Wright, of Delaware Township, lost her battle with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare form of cancer of the connective tissues typically found in children.  This year, on Oct. 18, Francis and her students cut and styled their way to $700 worth of donations for Cure Search for Childhood Cancer Research.

In addition, throughout the month of October, Instructor Kim Vasaturo and students from the Health Occupations program collected donations for their “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” campaign. Altogether, the students from the Health Occupations program were able to raise and donate $220 to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research.

These two programs have had such success fundraising, they plan to continue their efforts for years to come.  For more information contact James Strickhart at 908-526-8900, ext. 7169 or