The Fight to Find a Cure Just Got Personal



The Houston High School Student Government Association is tackling an issue that hits close to home this week. “We want to help find a cure for Allie,” says SGA sponsor, Traci Spain. Allie Allen, a junior with a remarkable story, has been grappling with brain tumors since 2013. After surgery and thirty-three rounds of radiation to eradicate the first tumor, a follow-up MRI earlier this year revealed an additional tumor. It is likely that Allen will spend Winter Break in the hospital. As though the situation for her weren’t trying enough, her mother was simultaneously diagnosed with breast cancer over the summer. The mother daughter pair, however, is bravely fighting on. Spain writes in an email,


“Allie is absolutely amazing - she doesn't ask for or want all of the attention that she gets. She faces each challenge with courage and bravery and is willing to fight with everything she can to beat this. By the way, the Ependymoma has no cure and no remission. This is the reason we support St Jude. It is personal!”



An online auction, that went live on Monday, November 9th, will donate its proceeds to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in a quest to aid in the fight to finding a cure. Participating is a breeze. Type in a few personal details like an email and physical address, and visitors can begin bidding on several items right away. Date Night packages, designer handbags, up-scale restaurant gift certificates, and even a teeth-whitening session from Dr. Pat Clark, DDS are available for wonderful prices.




Several local businesses, including Nothing Bundt Cakes, who have children that attend our GMSD schools, have pitched in services, goods, and gift certificates. There is something for everyone—even a ‘home cooked Greek meal for 4’ by HHS teacher Lori Tingle.


To start bidding, visit allie.hanwi.org now! The auction closes on November 16th at 9:40 p.m.


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