UNION, NJ – Battle Hill students had a colorful day at school at Thursday and managed to raise $2,587 to help fight cancer in the process.
The ‘Color Run for Campbell’, organized by the Battle Hill Student Council, helped raise money for The Team Campbell Foundation, formed in late 2014 in memory of Campbell Hoyt.
“This butterfly was actually drawn by a little girl who was battling cancer,” said Battle Hill School Principal Mark Hoyt, referring to the butterfly on the white t-shirts worn by everyone at the event. “Her name was Campbell Hoyt.” Hoyt said his niece Campbell was three years old when she was diagnosed and eight when she lost her battle with cancer.
“Campbell Grace would have absolutely loved this event,” said her mom Robin Hoyt. “She loved running and being outside in the sun and she loved being at school.” Robin Hoyt said the Team Campbell Foundation has raised funds for robots that attend school for young children who are unable to attend in person. She said the robots are interactive and help keep the homebound student involved in the school environment.
“The kids get excited about the color run and they know what it’s for, which is the most important part of it,” said 4th grade teacher Alison Brehm, an event organizer. “They understand why we’re doing it.”
Campbell Hoyt battled Anaplastic Ependymoma, a rare cancer of the brain and spine, before passing away in August of 2014. The mission of the foundation is to improve the lives of families facing a childhood cancer diagnosis through raising awareness, funding research and providing psycho-social enrichment opportunities. More information can be found at: http://www.teamcampbellfoundation.org/