EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Springfield Elementary students have been participating in Sisters on a Journey fundraisers all year.
Wednesday, they presented a check for $4,500 to Cure Childhood Cancer - an organization that honors the memory of Effingham County's Catie Wilkins who lost her battle with pediatric brain cancer nine years ago.
The Springfield students also revealed the new total raised by Catie's Fund over the last nine years - more than $1 million that will go to pediatric cancer research.
"When they see or hear about their classmates or other kids in the community that are sick and in the hospital, they really do want to help and this gives them something tangible that they can do to help out," said Mandy Garola, Cure Childhood Cancer, Family Services Manager. "It shows me that they really believe in this cause, that they've seen some local kids battling with cancer, and they really want to be there to eliminate the problem and support the families of families, which is what our organization does."
Sisters on a Journey events started with a dinner in Effingham County nine years ago, and there are now fundraising efforts for Cure Childhood Cancer in four counties every year.