The Appoquinimink High School fall cheerleading squad made a generous $1,000 donation to support research at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute. The 42-member squad sold nearly 300 pink T-shirts to bring attention to breast cancer at the Middletown school.

“We chose the Graham Cancer Center because we want to build awareness in our community and raise funds that can support important research into treatment and cures for cancer,” said Brooke Martin, head varsity cheerleading coach at Appoquinimink. “Our cheerleaders worked extra hard selling shirts when we decided to donate to breast cancer research.”

The Christiana Care Breast Center, part of the Graham Cancer Center, is the only one in the region devoted exclusively to breast care where patients receive diagnosis and treatment with a wide array of supportive resources. The designation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology certifies technology and expertise to ensure the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

“On behalf of the patients, families and staff of the Graham Cancer Center, thank you to the Appoquinimink Jaguar cheerleaders for being on our team,” said Nicholas J. Petrelli, M.D., FACS, Bank of America endowed medical director of the Graham Cancer Center. “It is wonderful to see our young people lending their time and energy to support important causes. This gift contributes to our research program and highlights that we are all partners in preventing and treating cancer in our community.