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Local high school students raise money for cancer research

PHOENIX — Local high school students continue to work and walk to raise money for cancer research.

Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research presented checks in the amount of $175,000 to several organizations for cancer research on Monday night. Those organizations include Barrow Neurological Institute, National Brain Tumor Society and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

“It’s important to me because it’s like a tribute to my mom” said 17-year-old Elizabeth Pool.

She lost her mother to cancer and decided to make a difference. She started a SSBTR chapter at Shadow Mountain High School.

“I didn’t think anyone would want to join my club then 80 people signed up. I was surprised and shocked in good way, and it’s been such an amazing experience,” said Pool.

Comprised of survivors, high school students, physicians and more, SSBTR has raised more than 1.75 million dollars over the past 12 years.

More than 1,000 walkers took part in their February walkathon held at Saguaro High School.