JWPMS Hosted Lip Sync Battle for UPMC Child Life Program

Posted on June 1, 2016, in Activities, Events


James W. Parker Middle School faculty, staff and students raised more than $1,300 for UPMC’s Child Life Program in one week through their Lip Sync Battle fundraiser.

Students raised money by voting for their favorite teacher/student pairing. Bins were placed throughout the lobbies during the morning of the Lip Sync Battle Assembly. The top collectors received the opportunity to perform. This year’s teachers who were voted in to participate were Mr. Weber, Mrs. Lindenberger, Mrs. Zimmer and Mrs. Bakka.

The 8th Grade Advisors choose to donate the funds to the UPMC’s Child Life Program in honor of JWPMS students Sam Cain (5th grade) and Lindsey Cain (8th grade). The Child Life Fund supports families that undergo treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The Cain family became very familiar with this organization after Sam underwent treatment in Pittsburgh for bone cancer and congestive heart failure.

Sam was diagnosed with bone cancer in his left leg when he was in second grade. After undergoing both surgery and chemotherapy, Sam developed congestive heart failure just a year later. Three months after being sent home in 2014, Sam returned after breaking the same leg that was treated for cancer.

“While it was a tough place for the family, Sam was made to feel like a king. The staff was outstanding, and he had entertainment to keep his mind off his recovery,” said Jeanne Cain.

At this point, his treatment has been deemed successful! However, he continues with follow-up evaluations at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital.

During the Lip Sync Battle Assembly, Sam and Lindsey Cain presented the check to Child Life representative Mike Shulock.