EDUCATION

Senior's spaghetti dinner to increase skin cancer awareness

Skye Kinkade
Mount Shasta High School Senior Melody Rainville sports a pair of sunglasses, which are one way to protect against skin cancer – the topic of her senior project. To raise funding for the Skin Cancer Foundation, Rainville will host a spaghetti dinner at the Mount Shasta Community Building on March 16.

To increase awareness of skin cancer – the most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States – Mount Shasta High School's Melody Rainville will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Saturday, March 16, as part of her senior project.

Proceeds from the dinner, to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mount Shasta Community Building, will be donated to the Skin Cancer Foundation, Rainville said.

The dinner will include spaghetti, garlic bread and salad. There will also be a vegetarian option available.

Rainville said she became interested in skin cancer when she realized how pale her own skin is, and how dangerous sunburns could be for her.

"It never bothered me before, but then I realized it could affect me. It could even kill me if I'm not careful," Rainville said.

Once she researched more on the topic, she learned how prevalent skin cancer is and decided to focus on awareness of the disease and raising money for its research for her senior project.

Rainville said at the benefit, MSHS drama teacher Sue Villarreal will be reading aloud a poem she wrote for her mother, who passed away from skin cancer. Members of the MSHS Jazz Choir will also perform, singing duets. A dessert auction will cap off the evening.

Rainville has been filming every step of the benefit's organization and she will be putting together a video to present at the Bear Expo at the end of the year to showcase her project.

Rainville said the community has been supportive so far, with the Masons donating the use of the Community Building. Ray's Food Place and Keith Cool of Mt. Shasta Supermarket have also donated to her project.

The Skin Cancer Foundation is a non-profit that mostly deals with educating the public about the disease, but it also helps fund research to find a cure, Rainville said. To learn more about the organization, visit skincancer.org

Tickets to the March 16 benefit are available at Village Books in Mount Shasta or by calling Rainville at (530) 276-5080.

Tickets are $8 each and will only be sold until March 15.