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Let’s save lives

Katryna Adamski (’21) works to spread awareness and collect funds to help support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

By Isa Desiante

During her junior year, Katryna Adamski (’21) became an active campaign member for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in honor of her brother Joel. Joel was diagnosed at age five, underwent two and a half years of treatment, and was in remission for five

years. Joel’s ability to overcome this diagnosis inspired Adamski to help others in a similar situation her and her family went through, which is why she began raising money for LLS.

“I raised the money in a few different ways. I sent out personal emails, letters, posted on social media, held sponsorship meetings, and reached donations, cash, and checks,” Adamski said.

This specific cancer society works to support the families going through the treatment process, funding for new research, and educating the public. Her campaign is collecting funds not only for LLS to find a cure, but all other blood cancers to find one as well. With the support from her family and friends, Adamski raised awareness for this foundation throughout the Trinity community.

Jessica Schultz (FAC) placed blue bags in every classroom allowing students to make any amount of donation to the LLS. Along with in-school donations, Schultz also spoke about the Adamski’s campaign through the home phone calls to inform parents.

As Adamski helped spread awareness and raise money for the LLS society, she was recognized around the local areas as an active campaign member. On January 8th, Adamski’s campaign officially began, along with receiving her Hall of Fame Award. After she had collected all of her funds, she was presented with a mission award on March 1st in honor of her dedication to being a campaign member of the LLS.

“My end goal was to raise $25,000, but aside from the money I want to bring awareness not only to blood cancers, but give people a way to help support the cause through this organization,” Adamski said.

Based on a true story

by Shyanne Dove

Based on a true story. Those five words and seventeen letters change a regular horror movie into something much more. The wonder of a horror movie based on real events cause the hair on peoples’ necks to prick up. Surprisingly enough, a number of movies link to events in someone’s real life nightmare.

Older movies like, A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), a film about American teenagers haunted through their dreams by a ghost with knives as fingers based its premise on people in the early 1980s who died of night terrors. Ravenous (1999), a movie about cannibalism during the 19th century, traced its origins back to Alfred Packer’s trial in 1874. Sentenced to 40 years behind bars, he went by the name Big Headed Cannibal. The movie The Zodiac Killer (1971), linked a serial killer to many murders of certain victims due to their birth months.

Newer movie releases present scarier real life horror stories, such as Stuck (2007), where a nursing home worker hits a man with her car. Instead of killing him, the woman leaves him badly injured and wedged in her windscreen, leaving him in the garage. In Monster (2003), a woman from Florida named Aileen Wuornosrom faced the death sentence for murdering six men during the 80s and 90s. The story based on Wuornosrom’s confession and her explicit details of the murders she described makes jaws drop. In Hard Candy(2006), a sinister, middle-aged man falls prey to his “prey” in this horror-thriller mash when he meets a young girl that brings quite the plot twist. The movie producer tied this film back to Japanese girls who lured businessmen into traps where they met their demise.

As terrifying as those stories seem, not all films provide enough evidence to be considered based on a true story. The Conjuring (2013) and Poltergeist (1982) rely on eyewitness accounts and provide little or no physical evidence to support a claim of truth.

Movies based on a true story definitely become more terrifying than entirely fictional tales. Whether haunted by a ghost or some other psycho chasing around prey, movies from true events get the watchers thinking, and sometimes that remains scarier than the movie itself.