Cadet Bermuda Pierre, a Linden High School senior who hatched the idea to raise money to fight breast cancer, with Tina Jacobs of Susan G. Komen North Jersey. The cadets wore pink aiguillettes to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 NJROTC cadets gathered with Susan G. Komen representative and big check on Linden High School steps

The Linden High School NJROTC on Wednesday gave a check for $1,300 to Susan G. Komen North Jersey to help find a cure for breast cancer and to aid those afflicted with the disease.

The cadets all wore pink aiguillettes — decorative braids on their shoulders — in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Commander Boyd Decker gave all the credit for the project to Cadet Bermuda Pierre, a senior who thought it would be good for the NJROTC to raise money to fight breast cancer. Each cadet who participated was responsible for raising at least $20. Of that, $10 went toward buying the pink aiguillette and the rest went toward the donation.

Tina Jacobs, director of community health for Susan G. Komen North Jersey, visited the school to accept the donation and give the cadets a short presentation. Jacobs, a 20-year breast cancer survivor herself, told the students about the history of her organization and said much of the work she does is to help patients who don’t have insurance.

Decker said he hopes to continue the tradition started by Pierre, and would like to see it grow.

“Maybe next year it will be $3,000,” he told the cadets.

Jacobs said she was thrilled when she got a call from Decker about the donation.

“Thank you, thank you!” Jacobs told the cadets. “I hope to be back here next year.”