Creston, Iowa EAST Presents: Moving it All for All the Right Reasons


Creston, Iowa EAST Presents: Moving it All for All the Right Reasons
8/14/2013 4:29:31 PM

Students’ EAST skills contribute to successful MS fund-raising event.

“Adversity is a fact of life.  It can’t be controlled.  What we can control is how we react to it.”

-Unknown Author


It can never happen to me. 

How many times have we all uttered that phrase?  Creston EAST student Shelby K. was no different in her thinking than anyone else until her visit to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, confirmed a truth that no one wanted to believe.  She was now one of 400,000 Americans suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.  Multiple Sclerosis can cause a myriad of conditions including loss of balance and muscle coordination including partial or complete paralysis, and difficulties with vision, cognition, and speech.

How could this happen to her?  She was the senior class president, an All-State softball player, a 4.0 student, and a student that was revered for her selflessness and affable personality. 

More importantly to her friends and peers than the answer to those questions was what could they do to help?  The answer was a simple one, the EAST classes would host an “Orange Out” (the color associated with Multiple Sclerosis) patterned after their recent successful “Gold Out” for childhood cancer awareness and “Pink Out” for breast cancer awareness. 

The original goal set forth by the EAST classes was to improve on the amounts raised by the “Pink Out” in February 2009 ($4,500 raised making it the most successful fundraiser of all the 10 schools in the Hawkeye 10) and the “Gold Out” in February 2010 ($5,111 raised making it the ninth most successful Coaches vs Cancer event in the entire state of Iowa last year).

Thanks to the incredible support of the entire Creston community, including more than 100 businesses and/or individuals that donated product or money or pledged money toward the number of points scored that evening, the EAST classes easily surpassed their original goal.  During the Jam The Gym festivities in March, Shelby herself will present a check to the president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Chapter in excess of $9,000.

Some other numbers of note from the event include more than 1,250 orange t-shirts sold (designed by EAST students), the consumption of more than 200 orange ice cream bars (donated by Wal-Mart), 48 pounds of orange Peachie O’s (donated by Farley & Sathers), and 25 liters of orange slushies (donated by Bunn). 

The event received coverage on a variety of mediums including KSIB radio, The Creston News Advertiser, The Omaha World-Herald, The Sioux City Ledger, KMA radio, and on the Channel 13 WHO-TV 10 PM news that evening featuring the reporting of CHS graduate Scott Vicker. 

The EAST classes made individual thank-you notes for every sponsoring organization, the programs for the games that evening, and large banners (9’ by 3’) that were hung in the commons with names of the countless contributors that evening. They were even able to partner with Band Against MS, a Clay Walker organization based in Nashville, Tennessee, for the project. 

The EAST students also made a video documenting the event, that will be shown at the EAST National Conference.  For more information on the event, please visit the following URL:

It was an event that no one will soon forget and hopefully one that leads to the discovery of a cure for this disease.








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