Porterville High School continued its giving ways Saturday with its third annual “Carwash for a Cause” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the administration parking lot of the school.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., students from different sports and clubs came together to wash cars and raise money for Porterville Unified School District teacher, Casey Nunez.
Nunez is the widow of Isaac Nunez, the former Olive Street Elementary principal who passed away tragically last year, and the mother to two Porterville High students. She’s also currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
“This year it was just pretty amazing that we get the ability to impact a couple of PUSD employees, along with their kids on our campus,” PHS head football coach, Michael Machado said. “And so any time that we can support anybody in the Porterville Unified School District, and our kids on campus, it’s a win for us. And we definitely want to let them know that there is support out here in the community and they don’t necessarily have to ask for it but we’re going to do our part to find people who need help and do what we can for them.”
Machado started the car wash three years ago in his first season with the Panthers and it’s grown to include students outside of football. This year, in addition to football players, there were members from the boys and girls water polo teams as well as ASB (Associated Student Body).
“This is definitely not anything that’s specific to football,” Machado said. “It just so happened that I was the head football coach and started it. But it doesn’t mean that it’s football only. We love to get kids involved in the community and give them the opportunity to give. Most people know that you receive a lot more in life by giving instead of receiving. So we give as many kids on campus the opportunity to have that experience.”
In their first year, the Panthers raised money for the Roger S. Good Cancer Treatment Center at Sierra View Medical Center. Last year they raised money for a student, Jose Luis Zabala, a sophomore at the time who was battling leukemia.
“We’re just trying to support the community in any way we can,” Machado said. “They support us a lot like they’ve done with all of our fundraisers. So we want to make sure we give back.”
He added, “We always try to do something in October for cancer awareness, and we feel that this is more impactful than supporting cancer by wearing pink on the football field. So this is kind of the way we’ve decided to support the community and breast cancer awareness in October.”
The fundraiser raised about $2,000.