Kayla Kieleszewski ‘18- Every year, Romeo hosts their annual Watchdog week. The community joins hands to fight one cause, cancer. Entering our eighth year of finding a cure, the community raises thousands and all proceeds goes toward cancer research.

During Watchdog week, Romeo High School hosts multiple sporting events to support Watchdog. On Friday, September 30, the football team competes against the Grosse Pointe South Blue Devils. During this game the cheerleaders, dancers, and football players honor someone that battled, lost, or is currently fighting cancer. Each athlete sports a custom printed jersey, honoring the name of their selected cancer warrior.

“I will be dancing for Stanley Babinski, because our families are very close and we always have eachother’s back for anything that happens,” Kiarra Robbins ‘19 said.

“I will be dancing  for my grandpa Tom,” Lauren Tehansky ‘18 said.  He had cancer and my mom’s family went through a hard time. I am dancing for him because he’s had a great impact on my life and I love him.”

“I will be dancing for my Aunt Carol, she had a type of skin cancer,” Gillian Giancarli ‘18 said. “She is a really important person in my life and has touched me in many ways. I’ve learned a lot of life lessons from her and she deserves to be honored for what she has gone through.”

“I will be dancing for Joe DiSanto who is a family friend that lost his battle to lung cancer three years ago,” Maria Vultaggio ‘18 said. “I am dancing for him because he was the sweetest guy I knew and I miss him greatly.”

“I will be dancing for my papa who passed away eight years ago,” Nicole Jandreski ‘18 said.  “He never had the chance to see me perform while growing up and I like to think he is watching me dance from above.”

“I will be cheering in honor of my cousin Brendan who passed away at nine years old of rhabdomyosarcoma,” Kaylie Filzek ‘20 said. “Brendan and I were very close, and he did not let cancer stop him. He lived his life to the fullest, he always said, ‘everyday is a special occasion.”

“I will be cheering for my aunt Christy because she was such a hard worker and always inspired me to do my best,” Laney Robinson ‘19 said.

“I will be cheering for my grandpa Niezgoda because he was very influential in my life and I miss him very much,” Kelly Foster ‘18 said.

“I will be cheering for my Uncle Mike who died of lung cancer,” Paige Kopczyk ‘18 said. “I was very young when he died, but we were always very close,”

“I will be cheering for my grandma,” Ambyr McLean ‘17 said. “I will cheer for her because she put so much fight into beating her cancer and she did just that, she is a true inspiration.”

Watchdog is an important and symbolic week in the Romeo community. Go to the games. Join hands with the rest of Romeo. Donate to the cause. Remember those you love.  Beat cancer.

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