PLAISTOW — About 50 high school students are getting ready to strut their stuff and push five years of cancer research fundraising beyond the $50,000 mark.
Carrying the theme “We Have Hope,” Timberlane Regional High School’s annual Strut for the Cure start at 6:15 p.m. Saturday in the school gym.
The annual event is run by Project Hope, a student-led organization designed to raise cancer awareness and raise money for nonprofit organizations and local families affected by cancer.
Since 2010, the event has raised $37,000. Project Hope faculty advisor Meg Guanci said the group is hoping to bring in another $13,000 for 2014.
The gym will be transformed for the event, complete with a stage, runway, lighting and more, according to junior Colin McCarthy.
The night is a celebration of life, which fits the event’s hopeful theme, Colin said.
“It’s individualistic,” he said. “It’s how you perceive hope.”
The event has “become a truly community event that people can rally around to support those who are fighting and who continue to fight,” Guanci said.
With a speaker highlighted every year, this year’s special guest offers a change in direction for the fundraiser — hearing from someone who is fighting cancer, rather than someone who has fought it and won.
Marta Modigliani, a Timberlane parent who was diagnosed with two forms of breast cancer last year, will share her story.
“We haven’t had a speaker who had been in the midst of it, so close to it,” Guanci said. “That’s going to be a very different feel, opening the night up with that.”
The event raises money through tickets to its fashion show and a silent auction.
Auction items include autographed sports memorabilia and game tickets, a lifetime of tire rotations and a wine tasting for up to 20 people at Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown.