On Thursday, Nov. 15, Brownwood ISD surprised the families of Dalin Cummings and Lenzi DeLuna, with $2,600 checks. The total of $5,200 was raised during the Brownwood ISD “Pink-Out” fundraiser on Oct. 26, during breast cancer awareness month. Both Cummings and DeLuna were recently diagnosed with cancer.

Cummings is currently the Digital Media Specialist at Brownwood Middle School, and 10 year old DeLuna is a fifth grade student at Brownwood Intermediate School. Neither recipient was aware of the gift they were there to receive. “Did you see the look of shock on my face,” said Cummings. “I walked in and saw pink shirts and thought something is up.”

Brownwood High School Key Club members Austin Robinson, Linda Luna, Karina Sanchez, Allison Aguirre, and Jordyn Senkirik presented the checks to the families after a small introduction from Robinson. Family members, friends, and students posed for photos with Cummings and DeLuna as they held their oversized checks.

After the presentation Cummings and DeLuna shared moment to get to know each other and exchange their current experiences battling the disease. “You stay strong,” said Cummings to DeLuna. “You too,” replied DeLuna after briefly discussing their treatments.

“It’s a family,” said Dr. Reece Blincoe, Brownwood ISD Superintendent. “It wasn’t just one of us. It was all of us. This is the first year, I believe, that we’ve done this, and we’re going to keep it up.”