Talawanda students use hair-dyeing fundraiser to help teacher battling cancer

Talawanda Middle School students rallied recently through a hair-dyeing fundraiser to help a teacher who learned she had breast cancer just before Christmas. Students and staffers donated money - nearly $1,300 - to have their hair dyed pink in honor of the international color of breast cancer awareness. (Provided Photo\Journal-News)
Talawanda Middle School students rallied recently through a hair-dyeing fundraiser to help a teacher who learned she had breast cancer just before Christmas. Students and staffers donated money - nearly $1,300 - to have their hair dyed pink in honor of the international color of breast cancer awareness. (Provided Photo\Journal-News)

Talawanda students recently showed the true colors of their caring nature by holding a fundraising, hair-dyeing event to help a teacher battling breast cancer.

Pink was the color of choice as it has long represented breast cancer awareness nationwide and dozens of Talawanda teachers and staffers lined up to have their locks painted in its brightest shades.

It was a lot of spraying and laughter but all for a seriously good cause of helping Heather Brosey, a 20-year veteran Talawanda Middle School teacher who was diagnosed with breast cancer just before Christmas.

Fellow middle school teacher Megan Murray said “in a year unlike any other and full of restrictions and limitations due to Covid-19, the Talawanda National Junior Honor Society students were seeking a way to show their support for Brosey, and an idea was formed to host a fundraiser in her honor.”

Brosey, who is undergoing cancer treatments, asked for the fundraiser to be done to donate to the Luna Cares organization, which financially supports women and their families as they combat the disease.

“Students have been buying tickets to vote for staff members they’d like to see with pink hair or putting a ticket in for a chance to have their own hair sprayed pink for the day,” said Murray.

“The event has been entirely run by 7th and 8th grade National Junior Honor Society members who were moved to honor their current and former teacher through her cancer battle. The staff and student response and support of this fundraiser has been astounding.”

“We will present Luna Cares with a check for over $1200, and donations are still arriving,” she said.

Talawanda 8th grader and event organizer Addison Greene said “I got involved in this fundraiser because I know family members who have struggled with cancer before.”

“Also since it’s in honor of a teacher here at our school, I thought it would be a really nice thing to do. It also just makes it that more exciting that we get to color our teachers’ hair pink,” said Greene.

“We are donating (funds) to Luna Cares. Ms. Brosey herself has gotten a lot of help from that organization, so she immediately suggested that we donate our money raised to that organization,” she said.

The Oxford office of Luna Cares is still accepting donations directly at its website.