Lackawanna Trail Student Raises $572 for Northeast Regional Cancer Institute

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Taryn Matti, senior at Lackawanna Trail presents a check to Karen Saunders, President of the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute. Taryn raised money for NRCI for her senior project.

Taryn Matti, a senior at Lackawanna Trail High School, recently completed her senior project by raising money for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.

Her senior project was called “Join the Pride Against Colon Cancer” to spread awareness about colon cancer which is a deadly yet preventable disease. Taryn’s project consisted of t-shirt sales and donations from her school and community members.

She choose this project because her father, Andrew, passed away from colon cancer when she was 9 years old.  He died young, did not have a colonoscopy and he could have lived if he had been screened.

The school nurse, Laura Evans, knew about Taryn’s senior project and that she was looking for a place to donate the money. Laura told Taryn about the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and the C.A.S.U.A.L. (Colon cancer Awareness Saves Unlimited Adult Lives) Day campaign and since Taryn wanted to keep the money she raised within Northeast PA, it seemed like a good fit.

Taryn described the most exciting part of this process was when the t-shirt sales and money raised was finally presented to Karen Saunders, President of the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute. Karen came to Taryn’s school and they posed for photos with a large check.

“I was very excited and it gave me a lot of pride to see what I had accomplished.”

Thank you, Taryn, for supporting our mission of easing the burden to cancer in northeastern Pennsylvania! We appreciate it!