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December 7, 2012

Talk of the Times: GHS Rotary group targets breast cancer

Members of Gloucester High School’s Interact Club, sponsored by the Gloucester Rotary Club, banded together to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

With the participation of students throughout the school, the Interact Club was able to shine a light on just how important this fight is, to people of all ages, said club advisor Rory Gentile.

Student and club member Tess Benson shared her sentiment when she learned her aunt was confronting the disease.

“Breast cancer — or cancer of any kind — seems surreal to a 15-year-old,” she said. “To me, cancer was always a statistic, a story in the newspaper of someone I didn’t know, somebody who I had never met, and somebody for whom I felt sorry for but would never let affect the rest of my day. When my father told me my aunt had been diagnosed with breast cancer, I didn’t cry — I couldn’t, because it wasn’t real, it couldn’t be.”

Stories like these can be found everywhere, and are indicative of how far-reaching this disease is, Gentile said.

“The purpose of the awareness campaign is to raise money for research,” he said. “If you already donate to the cause then please keep doing so. If you would like to but don’t know where to turn, the Interact Club at GHS would like to welcome you to support our Relay for Life team.”

Anyone wishing to support the project should contact Rory Gentile, the club’s advisor, at RGentile@Gloucester.K12.ma.us.

Young dancer in Boston ‘Nutcracker’

Rhian Williams, a 9-year-old fourth-grader at Gloucester’s West Parish Elementary School, is performing for the second year in a row in Boston Ballet’s debut production of Mikko Nissinen’s “The Nutcracker.”

Also for the second year, Rhian is a member of the lead “A” cast, one of three complete casts for the production at the Boston Opera House. She will appear in 15 of the 43 performances, which run through Dec. 30. Rhian is the daughter of Paul and Michelle Williams. Cast in the new role of page, she is in her fourth year as a student at the Boston Ballet School.

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