Byrnes High School Students Raise Money And Awareness For Cancer

Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox.

During the month of October, which was also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, students reached their goal for the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center in Valencia.

The fundraiser began after Kathryn Spula, the school’s music director, noticed that the center had a wall honoring those who have donated $1,500 or more to their cause.

“This year, I thought, ‘Why don’t we do something special here?’” Spula said.

As a breast cancer survivor, Spula thought that raising money for the breast center would be a fitting event for her students to take part in during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“It’s great to see that they’ve stepped up,” said Spula. “We’ve enjoyed the whole process of raising this money for our area breast center.”

Spula and her students had set a goal to raise $1,500 by the end of October, and by the 31st they were able to reach their goal.

“I have been pleased, proud and amazed,” said Spula. “I’m so impressed by the teamwork that all of my students in the band, choir and orchestra put forward.”

The students presented the money they raised to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital officials in a ceremony on Monday.

“I am so touched to have all of these kids together,” said Terry Bucknall, director of Women’s Imaging Services at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. “They are amazing.”

The Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center works to help treat people with breast cancer for little to no cost for their patients, according to Bucknall.

“Our hospital thrives on philanthropy and to see it start this young really is awesome,” said Marlee Lauffer, president of the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation. “We’re so proud to be part of a community that gives back and these kids demonstrated it here today.”

The entire process, from raising the funds until they presented the money at Monday’s ceremony, has given Spula — who has been employed by Placerita Junior High since 1986 — hope for the future of the school’s youth.

“I just want Santa Clarita to know that they should be proud of the young future seats of our society,” Spula said. “I can already hear, experience and see that there are many leaders that we have seated with us today, and I think there is going to be some great things to say about the youth.”

Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, or send an email to

Report a typo or error, email

KHTS FM 98.1 and AM 1220 is Santa Clarita’s only local radio station. KHTS mixes in a combination of news, traffic, sports, and features along with your favorite adult contemporary hits.

Santa Clarita news and features are delivered throughout the day over our airwaves, on our website and through a variety of social media platforms. Our KHTS national award-winning daily news briefs are now read daily by 34,000+ residents. A vibrant member of the Santa Clarita community, the KHTS broadcast signal reaches all of the Santa Clarita Valley and parts of the high desert communities located in the Antelope Valley. The station streams its talk shows over the web, reaching a potentially worldwide audience.

Follow @KHTSRadio on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

KHTS FM 98.1 & AM 1220 - Santa Clarita News - Santa Clarita Radio

Source :

Placerita Junior High Students Raise Funds For Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center
Miller Place Students Raise Over $10,000 for Different Charities
East Hampton High School’s Manis For a Cure raises $1,500 for breast cancer awareness
MJHS celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Week
East Hanover Middle School Goes Pink in Support for Breast Cancer Awareness
Students raise thousands for the Breast Cancer Unit at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital
GHS students raise money for pediatric brain cancer
Prescott Valley in Brief: Movember event raising money for cancer fight
Shelton High continues fight against breast cancer
Pre-K students raise money for childhood cancer awareness