Beth teaches biology at Foothills Christian High School in El Cajon, CA. She said, “In Genesis 1:28, we are given what is called the Creation Mandate. Part of taking dominion over the earth is being a good steward of everything that God has provided.”

With this in mind and under Beth’s direction, FCHS biology students are undertaking a recycling challenge to conserve resources and support scientific research for metastatic breast cancer.

Here’s how it works:

The classes are currently studying genetics. Among the labs they will complete is one called BRCA Chronicles. In this lab, students explore the world of breast cancer markers and investigate the scientific and bioethical considerations associated with genetic testing. Breast cancer markers (hormone receptors, cancer-related genes, and certain enzymes) help to predict how patients will respond to a specific treatment, their disease progression, and the role of inherited genetic mutations.

Breast Cancer Facts:

  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S.
  • 1 in 3 of those will become metastatic (stage 4, terminal cancer).
  • Men get breast cancer, too.

Raising funds through recycling

While studying genetics, students will learn about inherited genetic mutations and Sister Sojourn’s cancer experience. They will discover the need for MBC research and will launch a recycling effort to raise money for Metavivor research. They will collect and recycle CRV-stamped containers (California Redemption Value). The class that collects the most (measured by weight) receives Thrivent “Live Generously”/Sister Sojourn T-shirts and a celebratory lunch.

If you are interested in setting up a similar program at your local school, please get in touch with us.

Or if you would like to join with us in donating your recycling proceeds to support Metastatic Breast Cancer, Research you can donate here. Be sure to include your name when donating your procceds.