School to host cancer fundraiser

By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

Locust Grove Middle School will host a “Blood, Sweat and Heels” fundraiser for breast-cancer research Oct. 22 from 2-4 p.m., on the Locust Grove High School football field. The public is invited to bring your heels and $1 donation to participate in this event. LGMS principal, Tony Townsend, will bring heels to walk around the field in support of this urgent need.

Crystal Pugh, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at LGMS, will share her struggle with breast cancer as part of the occasion. Pugh will discuss the role Henry County Cancer Services and Cancer Warriors played in her fight against breast cancer.

On Jan. 28, 2014 – her birthday -- Pugh learned that she had the disease. After a week of tears and thoughts of sadness and fear, Pugh says, she vowed to fight against it.

“I knew I had to let my LGMS family know what I was facing, and the choice I had made to rid my body of this ugly disease,” she says.

Pugh says that after informing her co-workers and students about her condition, the support began and has never stopped. Gifts, encouragement, scriptures, and love poured over Pugh as she battled her cancer.

“I had not been showered with so much love, flowers, hugs, and encouragement in all of my life,” she says. “The LGMS community truly had my back in a fight that I was determined to win.”

A year and 10 months later, Pugh stands proudly as a survivor. She works to lead the LGMS community in raising money for local cancer organizations and has organized events throughout October for students to get excited and informed about fighting this fight.

The event will also include food, live music, and Zumba dancing.