Downey High raises $23K for cancer research

DOWNEY - March Madness was in full swing at Downey High School but it had nothing to do with basketball.The campus embarked on a three-week effort to raise money for the Downey Relay for Life, which begins June 1 at Downey Adult School. In the end, the school raised $23,462. Both teachers and students rallied in support of current student Mario Galvan, who is undergoing chemotherapy for stage 3 Hodgkin's lymphoma. Mario was part of the CIF championship football team and is also on the soccer team. Mario told his story to the entire school during a kick-off assembly "and you could have heard a pin drop as 2,000-plus students listened during two separate assemblies," school officials said. Residents can join Team DHS or create their own team for the Relay for Life by going online to Cancer survivors are invited to sign-up as a survivor and attend a celebratory breakfast and opening ceremony on the morning of June 1.

********** Published: April 25, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 02