Something’s been burning inside Zofia Lehew, who loves sports and has seen other schools raise charity money through volleyball.
“I personally went to our athletic director (Chuck Vermillion) and said, ‘I want to plan a ‘Volley For The Cure’ night. I want to raise money to fight breast cancer,” said Lehew.
It took a year of conversations and planning. But this week, Elmwood High School held it’s first ever ‘Volley For The Cure.’
And with the senior’s leadership, her team recognized breast cancer survivors and raised $31,000 through T-shirt sales, a silent auction and game proceeds to fight the disease.
“Future generations, me and all my teammates, we could potentially have a cure for breast cancer just by doing games like this and selling items,” said Lehew.
Starting a ‘Volley For The Cure’ program at Elmwood has been a goal of a Lehew’s for sometime. She wants to do it for her school, her community and for her mom.
Kim Lehew was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago.
“Zofia and Kim Lehew are amazing,” Elmwood volleyball coach Jennifer Stratton. “You wouldn’t know Kim has cancer. She’s always upbeat abd it reflects on her daughter as well.”
Kim Lehew was in the stands to see Elmwood beat rival Brimfield Tuesday night in the ‘Volley For The Cure’ game.
“It’s the little things, my mom says.” Lehew said. “This is a little thing that can make a huge difference in the world.”