LQHS’ Blackhawk Showdown Honors Cancer Survivors


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L-R: Mr. Kaufmann and Ms. Lemus

On Feb. 7, Blackhawk Showdown teamed up with the American Cancer Society for a five-course dinner dedicated to cancer survivors. This event was also made possible with the help of La Quinta High’s culinary students, National Charity League volunteers, and five professional chefs from the Coachella Valley.

Bianca Rae, KESQ news anchor, was the night’s host and the emcee was Devan Doyle ‘18. Rae and Doyle recognized five cancer survivors from the Coachella Valley: Della Abril, Chris Hermann, Paul Mahoney. They also paid tribute to two of LQHS’ very own: Mr. Kaufmann, who teaches ceramics, as well as Ms. Lemus, who teaches Spanish and math.

The mother of Riley Rose, Kristin Sherman, also made an appearance to speak on behalf of the American Cancer Society. For those unaware of Riley, she is a six-year-old girl who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma — the most common pediatric cancer amongst children — 19 months ago. Since her diagnosis, her mother has been an advocate for cancer research.

“Her [Riley’s] mother spoke very passionately,” said Ms. Schuler, U.S. history teacher. “Ever since Riley’s diagnosis, her family has been working hard to fundraise for neuroblastoma.”

$7,500 was raised at the end of the night for the American Cancer Society.