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FFA sells pumpkins to benefit breast cancer research

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CHURUBUSCO, Ind. — If you see a light pink pumpkin adorning your neighbor’s porch, it may be a sign of support for breast cancer research. Kari Riehle, a senior at Churubusco High School and president of the FFA chapter, spearheaded a project in northern Indiana to raise money for the cause this year.

CHURUBUSCO, Ind. — If you see a light pink pumpkin adorning your neighbor’s porch, it may be a sign of support for breast cancer research.

Kari Riehle, a senior at Churubusco High School and president of the FFA chapter, spearheaded a project in northern Indiana to raise money for the cause this year.

Pumpkins grow in a field in northern Indiana. The pumpkins survived the wet summer and continue to grow.
 
Pumpkins grow in a field in northern Indiana. The pumpkins survived the wet summer and continue to grow.

 

She planted 100 pumpkin seeds earlier this spring. Now she is selling the pumpkins, which are light pink in color, to raise money for breast cancer research.

Half of the funds will go toward the non-profit. The other half will be used as a fundraiser for her FFA chapter.

“I wanted to do more service projects,” Riehle said. “I looked on the FFA website and saw the fundraiser and service opportunities that other chapters have done throughout the country.

“This is my first time growing pumpkins. I really had no idea how it would turn out. It’s really cool watching them grow. We already have a list people who want to buy the pumpkins. They sold fast.”

“She picked up on this idea, and it has turned out quite well,” added Phil Allen, her FFA adviser. “Everyone knows someone who has had breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so the timing is perfect.”

We wanted to start the program small and see how it goes, Riehle said. Program participants can get up to 5,000 free seeds.

“My advice is to be prepared to work hard and keep up with the pumpkins,” she said. “It pays off, and it’s worth it.”