Posted: May 16, 2013 8:38 PM by Jamie Leary
Updated: May 17, 2013 9:33 AM
BOZEMAN - Chief Joseph Middle School students have been fundraising for cancer for the past seven years, now they are taking it to the next level.
Emerson Olsen fought a long, tough battle with brain cancer and is now cancer free.
"Sixty five weeks of chemo, six weeks of a chemo pill and six weeks of radiation and four brain surgeries," the CJMS 8th grader said.
Chief Joseph Middle School held a cancer fundraiser led by 8th grade teacher Tina Albers. Albers has led the school in cancer fundraising for 7 years. During Thursdays assembly, the students hoped to raise about $5,000.
Given the leadership of this fundraiser, it was anything but a normal assembly.
Several students along with teacher Tina Albers shaved their heads not only to raise money but to honor victims of cancer.
"I am extremely proud of them. They put in a lot of work and donated a lot of money," Albers said. "We are the leading school as far as raising money for the cancer center here in Bozeman."
Albers says her goal is to raise $100,000 before she retires.
The numbers are in and officials at Chief Joseph say they raised a total of $3,300, 90 percent of which is funded by the students.