The San Benito Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) proudly represented San Benito High School and Veterans Memorial Academy at the 2019 Relay For Life of Cameron County, held recently at the Harlingen Soccer Complex.
Since the beginning of April, the NJROTC cadets had been collecting monetary donations at their respective schools and throughout the community. Cadets challenged themselves to surpass their original $1,000 goal.
They raised a total of $2,046 for the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.
The Leadership Officer Training Corp (LOTC) at Miller Jordan Middle School, under the direction of instructor Matt Barlow, raised $255.
The San Benito NJROTC color guard presented colors during the opening ceremony and Cadet LTJG Amanda Hernandez sung the national anthem.
As a group, the cadets went on to run 204 miles collectively.
Once again, the cadets dedicated their efforts to former NJROTC instructor and retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Richard Williams, who lost his battle to cancer almost six years ago. Despite his health issues, Williams was committed to his duties and continued working in the district, where he had been employed since 2004.
Williams’ genuine concern for the cadets’ education and well-being as well as his concern for the community of San Benito will never be forgotten.
The San Benito NJROTC instructors and cadets greatly appreciate the community’s support for such a worthy cause.