For the third year, the Hawk Walk at University High School supported local charities in the fight against cancer.
In 2010, a history teacher at UHS was diagnosed with colon cancer. Since then, UHS students have come together for the Hawk Walk, a yearly fundraising campaign for different cancer fighting organizations.
"It was a really great thing, and we got a great response from the community, so we decided it would be best to just continue the event on," student organizer Bryanna Dering said.
This year, the student-organized event teamed with several groups including the Let the Journey Begin Foundation, a group started by students at the school's cross-town rival Morgantown High.
"All of our funds stay at the Mary Babb Randolph [Cancer Center]… They will all go to brain, specifically adult brain cancer research and patient comfort," said Emily Polak from the Let the Journey Begin Foundation.
Participants in the Hawk Walk took laps around part of the UHS cross-country course. Students, community members, sporting teams and clubs participated, many supporting a cause that affects them personally.
"I came for my aunt, because she's a cancer survivor. So, I wanted to come and support her," UHS student Nathan Metheny said.
Organizers hoped to raise more than $6,000; money that will be split among the Let the Journey Begin foundation, American Cancer Society and Julie Foster Fund, a trust fund benefiting UHS faculty who have serious medical needs.
"We try to do as many events through the school to show them our support," UHS student Brady Winge said.
"It's a great way to help the community," Dering said. "Planning it, is a really rewarding experience, the kids love working it, and there is so many people that have been affected by cancer that we can just help."