De Pere High School students make a difference for those battling cancer

Attendees lace up their sneakers for a cancer awareness walk at De Pere High School May 5, 2017.(WLUK/Dave Duchan)

DE PERE (WLUK) -- On this Wear Yellow Day, a student-led group from De Pere High School spent the evening making a difference by raising awareness for cancer.

Friday's event kicked off with a student performance of the national anthem. It also included a candlelight vigil, bake sale and a walk around Dan Baker track.

This is the second time in four years a cancer awareness day has been hosted by the group. Students said during the last time an event was held, nearly $3,500 was raised.

De Pere High School senior Anna Boyd said it's important to hold events like this to help others. "We've all obviously been touched by cancer, so we know everyone else in the community has too so we just thought like why not bring a day to celebrate people who have survived or remember everyone who we lost and we just knew everyone would take away something from tonight."

The event was hosted by a group of students called "Do Something Special Club." Boyd and fellow senior Hailey Newton co-founded the club as freshman in 2013. Today, the club consists of about 90 students and hosts multiple fundraisers throughout the school year.

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