For the past 15 years the pre-med students at American Heritage School have raised money to benefit pediatric cancer patients at Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital. The Pre-Med Society is comprised of approximately 200 students in grades 7 – 12. Their partnership with the Children’s Hospital started with an annual holiday party for pediatric cancer patients and has since evolved to include a pizza party in October, during which time the patients write letters to Santa and include their gift wish list. Then, over the next two months, the pre-med students work tirelessly to fundraise for the money needed to grant each of these patients’ their wishes. In December a huge Christmas party is held during which time Santa presents the kids with their presents, holiday songs are sung and the kids have lunch and participate in games, arts and crafts projects. Often joining in the festivities are several members of the Miami Dolphins football team, their wives as well as Dolphins Cheerleaders.
As if that weren’t enough, 10 years ago the American Heritage students wanted to make a physical impact on the hospital where so many of these children spend their time as they battle cancer. The students organized the 5K for a Better Day race that has raised more than $200,000 in just 10 years. The first $100,000 that was raised went toward the construction of a new playroom in the Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center. The students continue to visit the playroom and donate additional tv’s, video games and dvd players. The next 5K for a Better Race will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
In 2010 the American Heritage School Pre-Med Society was named the Outstanding Philanthropic Organization in Broward County by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). This prestigious award recognized the hard work of these students who have impacted the lives of countless patients at Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital. Pictured above, from left to right: 2009 Award Winner Lorraine Thomas with members of the American Heritage Pre-Med Society including Kevin Perez, Zachary Winder, Lauren Cardenas, Joel Haines, and Ashley Roseman; Faculty Advisor, Dr. Carlos Pulido; AFP Co-Chair, Sasha Moon; and AFP Co-Chair, Meredith Feder.