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Save It or Shave It – Finish the Fight Friday 2-6-2015

St. Louis Heights High hosted their first ever 5K to support Relay For Life of UH Manoa! Way to save the day St. Louis! See them at Facebook

Student Government Association of Guam High hosted “SAVE IT OR SHAVE IT” fundraiser as part of No Shave November. Students convinced their adviser, Mr. Leon Guerrero to consider shaving his “very thick beard” if they met a $400 fundraising goal. They placed two jars that students could donate into, one to save the beard, the other to shave it. The jar with the most donations determined the outcome. Save it or Shave it. The students exceeded their goal and Mr. Guerrero was ready to shave his beard, but not before two other faculty members volunteered to have their heads shaved if the students could raise $1500. Not only did the two additional staff shave their heads (and Mr. Leon Guerrero, his beard), but the students exceeded their goal, raising a total of $2019. What a way to shave.

Saving for the future in a meaningful way. Special thanks go out to Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods for their partnership. The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative is planting a native forest on Hawai’i Island. Located on the slopes of Mauna Kea, this historic site was once a majestic koa forest and the personal property of King Kamehameha I, the 1st King of Hawai’i. Today HLH is planting trees for anyone who wants to purchase a legacy hardwood. Anyone who purchases a tree can designate a portion of the proceeds to a charity of their choice. In 2014, HLH donated over $600 back to ACS. That represents over 30 koa wood trees planted. Thanks Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods! Plant a tree now.

Saving Lives in National News

The rate at which people are diagnosed with colon cancer in the US has dropped 30% in the last 10 years for those aged 50 years and older, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society. Researchers credit the drop to more people gettingrecommended screening tests. Screening is the process of looking for cancer or pre-cancer in people who have no symptoms of the disease. Death rates from colon cancer have also declined rapidly within the last decade. The report says even more deaths could be avoided if everyone got their screening tests on time.

“These continuing drops in incidence and mortality show the lifesaving potential of colon cancer screening; a potential that an estimated 20 million of Americans over 50, who have never been screened, have not benefitted from,” said Richard C. Wender, MD, American Cancer Society chief cancer control officer, in a statement. “Continuing this hopeful trend will require concrete efforts to make sure all patients, particularly those who are economically disenfranchised, have access to screening and to the best care available.”