Arcadia students rally behind classmates battling cancer

ARCADIA, Wis. — Many students in Arcadia are showing off colorful hair extensions this week. They are in support of two girls in the district who are currently battling cancer.

In fact, the school district has been effected by cancer seemingly over and over again. Two teachers have passed away within a couple years and now there are two 7th graders in treatment.

That’s why the school and students wanted to do something to help these young ladies and their families. Monday, students that donated money had the colorful hair extensions put in. They were actually donated by a local salon owner who is battling breast cancer herself.


The money raised will be split between the families of the 7th grade girls. “We’ve lost two of our staff members to cancer in the last year and Megan has been battling cancer the last 4 1/2 years and Jayden was diagnosed this year. So our students, sad to say, have a very keen knowledge of cancer and how it can affect lives,” says Arcadia teacher Jennifer Young.

It wasn’t just girls getting the hair extensions, many boys did as well. They could choose between lavender representing the bone cancer Jayden is battling or green to represent Megan’s favorite football team. 

Her sister says the support means so much to their family. “Smiley. She’s all smiley and yeah, go Pack go.  I love her,” says Megan’s sister Emily Kupka.

Jayden is scheduled to have surgery later this week, so she wasn’t able to be at Monday’s event.  More than 300 students participated.