The city of Snellville held a balloon release before the Brookwood v. Parkview game last Friday (Sept. 27) to honor Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the Amanda Riley Foundation.
Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz and the high school marching band released the balloons from the Broncos stadium. As the gold balloons were let go into the sky, game attendees were asked to take a moment of silence to honor the families affected by childhood cancer.
Amanda Riley's family is one of those families. Riley was a three-time sports student at Brookwood High who passed away of cancer in 2010. Her parents, Barbara and Steve Riley, formed the Amanda Riley Foundation in her memory and have made it their mission to bring a smile to the face of children battling cancer and their families.
In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, the Amanda Riley Foundation sold gold t-shirts, with gold representing childhood cancer. The mayor purchased the shirts bearing the City of Snellville symbol for the city staff.
Studens also were encouraged to wear gold t-shirts with the Bronco and Amanda Riley Foundation logo on them to the game.