HMS Pep Rally – Hudson Has Heart

November 29, 2013

by Laurie Jasper

Hudson Memorial School hosted its first annual November Night to Remember on Friday, November 22, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.  The school’s gymnasium was filled with students, families and faculty to kick off the start of the middle school’s winter sports season.  Assistant principal and master of ceremonies for the evening, Keith Bowen, warmed up the crowd shouting, “It’s about being loud and being proud!”  Bowen then made the group practice, until perfect, the chant, “HMS Colts, Colts, Colts!”  “This is a great turnout tonight.  It’s all about bringing the students together as a community.  We are promoting team spirit and sportsmanship,” Bowen said.  HMS teacher and cheerleading coach, Liz McGivern, did a great job coordinating the contests and awarding prizes throughout the night, while girls’ basketball team coach Frank Girginis served as DJ for the event.  In addition, the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams, wrestling team and cheerleaders were well represented and were introduced, to the cheers of the crowd.  The teams performed a brief exhibition of their talents.

Proceeds from the pep rally and bake sale were donated to the Lowe family.  McKenzie Lowe is a sixth grader and member of the girls’ basketball team.  She was diagnosed one year ago with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) brain tumor.  Her family and friends are working hard to gather the 100,000 signatures needed to petition the FDA and the Obama Administration to allow a compassionate use exemption so that McKenzie may be treated with a drug that is not FDA approved.

In the last week, as local news organizations, including the Hudson~Litchfield News, have shared this story, over 25,000 signatures have been obtained.  Please consider signing the online petition and asking your friends to do the same.  Go to www.change.org then type “McKenzie Lowe” in the search box or go to the link:  http://www.change.org/petitions/obama-administration-fda-grant-mckenzie-lowe-a-12-year-old-girl-with-a-dipg-brain-tumor-a-compassionate-use-exemption-to-be-treated-by-dr-burzynski-with-his-anp-drug-antineoplastons-2?share_id=fzrQqWCexg&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition.

“Enthusiasm and heart are important, and this team has both,” said Coach Girginis.  “It is amazing how this community pulls together to help others.  I say the ‘“H” in Hudson stands for heart.  This town always comes together; I know that from personal experience.  This town cares,” shared Girginis.