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Wellington High thinkPINKkids™ Donation Presented to Scripps Florida

Local high school group accomplishes its first successful fundraising initiative for research

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Caption: Left to right: Benjamin Aqua, Eliza Schlein, Dr. John Cleveland, Lindsay Rosenthal, Josh Hyber.

JUPITER, FL, July 15, 2009—The thinkPINKkids™ Club of Wellington High School has recently presented $7,000 to support Scripps Florida's breast cancer research.  The club raised the funds at a 5K Walk to Win the Battle Against Breast Cancer held May 8, 2009. 

"It is truly wonderful to have the thinkPINKkids™ supporting our research here at Scripps," said Dr. John Cleveland, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cancer Biology, who received the donation at the Scripps Florida campus. "I find it very inspiring that they understand the power of giving at such a young age and realizing how effective they can be in helping change the lives of others."

After a personal tour of the laboratories where their donation will directly impact breast cancer research the thinkPINKkids™ representatives posed for a photo with Dr. Cleveland, who remarked, "With their concern for health issues and their dedication to building a greater community, our future is in very good hands. We look forward to participating in next year's Walk to Win."

Earlier this year, several students at Wellington High School took the initiative to start a local club of the national charity. Looking forward, thinkPINKkids™ of Wellington hopes to involve the Village's elementary, middle and high school students in its future fundraising efforts.

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