Sunday, February 19, 2017

Trojan Man Takes to TV to Fight Cancer Monday AM

Fighting cancer has been one of Trojan Man's major causes for some time now.

Trojan Man, the big-headed Pottstown High School mascot who seems to be everywhere at once, will be on your TV screen Monday morning if you have it tuned to the right channel.

At 9:30 a.m. Feb. 20, the ubiquitous Trojan Man will appear on Good Day Philadelphia on Fox 29. He has been invited to take part in the Lace Up and Twist Away Childhood Cancer national tour by Mascots 4 a Cure, according to a post on Dave Woodley's Facebook page.

Dave Woodley with a photo of the first time Trojan Man
became something more than a mascot.
Many of you will remember that Woodley is the high school's Management Information Systems teacher as well as a 2003 graduate of the school.

As The Mercury reported at the start of this school year, it was Woodley who has led the charge to transform the school mascot from a guy in a dorky costume who does push-ups at football games to a region-wide symbol for community involvement.

Not one to waste an opportunity for doing good in the City of Brotherly Love, Trojan Man will then head over to Rosa's Fresh Pizza with $472 raised in Pottstown where he will buy 472 slices of pizza for the homeless.

Acting Pottstown Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez
got some help from the Color Guard for his video.
After lunch, Woodley posted that Trojan Man will take part in a Lace Up and Twist Away Cancer Rally at the iconic Liberty Bell.

On Feb. 27, TM will participate in his first hospital visit with Mascots 4 a Cure at duPont Hospital as part of the national tour.

Throughout 2016 and into this year, Woodley has affiliated Trojan Man with “Mascots For a Cure,” which has teamed up with the #TwistChallenge to raise money to fight childhood cancer.

Some of you may recall “the ice bucket challenge” of two years ago, a video craze which swept the nation and, in the process, raised more than $42 million for research into ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The “#TwistChallenge” works on the same principle.

A video is taken of a person or group of people dancing to “The Twist” for 36 seconds in recognition of the 36 children who are diagnosed with cancer each day, according to the campaign’s statistics.

(Here is the video made at all four Pottstown Elementary Schools)

That video is posted on social media with challenges being made to another group or individual. Those participating making a donation.

(Here is Acting Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez's video:)

Not to be outdone by Rodriquez, or the elementary schools, or even the Pottstown School Board, which also twisted to fight cancer, all of Pottstown High School undertook the challenge at the Pep Rally in September.

Apparently, all this twisting has not gone unnoticed and now Trojan Man will join other mascots on television tomorrow morning to help raise even more money to fight childhood cancer.

Won't you tune in and watch and perhaps donate?

Well done Trojans.

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