HRC raises money for community members with brain cancer

On Saturday, May 1, the Hays Recreational Center had its first Brain Freeze 5K Race/Walk or one-mile walk in honor of HRC’s Office Manager, Missy Droegemeier’s, fifth anniversary of remission of brain cancer.

“We are going to start a fund for people with cancer or for people going through treatments because I had cancer, and it’s expensive,” Droegemeier said. “So, when you want to do programs or workout at the fitness center, you can apply for a scholarship, and then if it’s granted, you can do it at a reduced rate so we can do that. Then the money from this will start that fund, and then you can do those activities while you’re doing treatment.”

Hays High’s Student Council was at the event, stationed around the course to direct runners and walkers to where they needed to be. Many StuCo members said they enjoyed helping, and some even participated.

“I enjoy getting together with my peers and coming up with events and helping others,” sophomore Keiarra Gonzales said.

Freshman Julia Zadina agreed that raising money and organizing events is enjoyable.

“I like running, especially if it raises awareness for something,” Zadina said. “I enjoy coming up with events and volunteering for them.”

Sophomore Rilee Schwarz agreed with Gonzales and Zadina.

“I think it’s fun because it helps our community,” Schwarz said. “It’s also supporting a good cause, and it’s fun.”