Super Heroes Leading the Fight to End Cancer

Houston, Texas: According to the American Cancer Society, “In the fight against cancer, silence is the last thing we need.” Galena Park ISD employees have taken these words to heart and are vocal warriors in the battle against this disease that has so impacted our district family, our loved ones and our friends.  Each year since 2002, the GPISD administration warriors have played a major role in the Relay for Life Houston- North Channel. Plans are underway for this year’s event to be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the North Shore High School – 9th Grade Center track at 13501 Holly Park. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. This year the theme for Relay is "Super Heroes Leading the Fight". 

Relay for Life Houston - North Channel is an event that enlists the support of area schools, businesses, churches, and service clubs in offering an inspirational opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember lost loved ones, and promote strategies to reduce cancer risk.   Galena Park ISD personnel have provided leadership in planning and staffing the event, as well as raising large amounts of dollars in support of cancer research. 

On January 30, 2014, Galena Park ISD employee Phyllis Hyden was on hand to receive a $5,000 check for Relay for Life - North Channel from the North Shore Rotary Club.  “Ms. Hyden offers but one example of our caring Galena Park ISD family and how serious we take our motto of ‘Leading, Learning and Serving’”, said Wayne Oquin, North Shore Rotarian and Director for the GPISD Educational Foundation. 

Hyden stated, “Annually, we as a community, join the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer, which affects us all.  We are thankful for our sponsors, like the North Shore Rotary, who partner with us as we raise funds and awareness for cancer.  Of the funds raised by American Cancer Society Relay events across the world, 72% goes towards Program Services that include cancer research, patient research, prevention information, education information, and cancer detection and treatment.” 

While Event Chair for Relay for Life Houston - North Channel, Hyden has seen the organization raise $128,400 in 2012 and $137,500 in 2013 for cancer research. Hyden is retiring from GPISD as a valued employee of 31 years, but she will continue to be active in leading the fight against cancer.

 

Phyllis Hyden

Pictured: Phyllis Hyden

 

 

 

 

Media Contact:

Crystal Murray | Assistant Superintendent for Communication Services | cmurray@galenaparkisd.com | 832.386.1063