Londonderry High School students sign up for cancer fight to honor teacher, mother
Film and radio production teacher Karen Robinson said her students didn't hesitate to help out the cause after hearing how the cancer had affected her family.
In 2010, she and her students filmed a documentary at the Rockingham County VNA and Hospice, where Robinson's mother, Ruth Silverman, was once a patient. Silverman died in August 2010 at the age of 76, just one month after her diagnosis.
Students from the high school's Pay It Forward Club, a community service group that volunteers at various charity events over the course of the school year, will also be helping out at the vigil.
Organization spokesman Aimee Sherman said she was touched by the teens' selflessness.
This year, more than 45,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States. About 73 percent of all patients die within the first year of diagnosis.
The Londonderry High School PSA will be available on the school's cable access channel, LEO-21, rather than the town's local access channel.
The PSA may also be viewed online via the district website, www.londonderry.org.