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Putting a cap on cancer with bottle caps

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Haleigh Russel, a Sophomore resident at Heritage Hall is on a mission to collect as many bottle caps as possible, all in the name of her great aunt, who is diagnosed with lung cancer. With the support of her residential leader, Kallyn Ciesynski, they began an operation to ask the Tarleton State University family to help with the collection.

For the past six months, Russel’s great aunt has been fighting lung cancer. Fortunately, a nurse who worked for the hospital told her family about how they could collect plastic bottle caps to fund the treatments.

“My family and I have been collecting the caps for about three months now,” Russel said. “We give the caps to the nurse, and they go towards the Chemotherapy treatment.”

It wasn’t until Feb. 19, that Ciesynski was told about the collection.

“One day, she was in my room and we were talking and I was drinking a water bottle and [Haleigh] was like, ‘can I have your cap?’ and I asked why and she shared her story with me,” Ciesynski explained. “And I though it would be a great program for the hall and so I created the whole bottle cap collecting and I sent a text out to my residents asking them to save caps and to bring them to my room. Along with that, I sent it out to the other RL’s in the building.”

From there, Ciesynski recalls her RL partners giving her bags of bottlecaps from their friends, who they told about the collection and how the word began to spread from there.

“Then I had some really random people e-mailing me about it, asking where they could bring the bottle caps to,” Ciesynski said.

Russel mentioned how the collection began to grow more than she initially anticipated.

It was not long until more people began to get involved, with a collection going on in almost every residence hall and members of various organizations beginning their own collection.

“It’s crazy, but its good,” Ciesynski said. “I mean, collecting 10 bottle caps isn’t that hard, but if you get 100 people to collect bottle caps, it starts to accumulate.”

“It’s pretty magical really,” Russel said. “It kind of shows how well Tarleton helps out [others in need].”

“I feel that a bunch of people really want to help, random organizations, random people and you don’t really have the opportunity to do that easily,” Ciesynski said. “So I feel that when people hear that its like, ‘oh, all I have to do is collect bottle caps, yea of course I’ll do that.”

According to Ciesynski and Russel, all bottle caps are to be dropped off at the front desk in Heritage Hall, where Ciesynski will gather them in gallon bags and Russel then takes the bags to her family who will final give to the nurse who gave them the idea of collecting the caps. “Eventually, we’re going to have so many bottle caps that she won’t need them, but hopefully we’ll be able to help others along the way,” Russel said.

For any student that is interested in beginning a collection, Russel suggest, “Any plastic cap [will do]. If you are not sure if it counts, put it in anyways.”

“Tell your best friend across the hall, tell your family,” Ciesynski said. “Think outside the box, its not just water bottle caps, its laundry detergent caps, peanut butter caps, milk jug caps, anything that’s plastic.”

For any questions, students and faculty can email Kallyn Ciesynski at [email protected]


12 Responses to “Putting a cap on cancer with bottle caps”

  1. Felix flores on June 19th, 2018 9:42 PM

    My girlfriends dad has throat cancer, tumors in his throat,he has to pay a co- pay all the time and doesn’t if he can afford the chemo treatments he has to have every Monday, is their still that if we collect 5000 plastic caps he receives the chemo treatment free, I have a friend at work that has a child sick and we saved over 30000 caps for her.

  2. Ann on September 26th, 2018 11:28 AM

    I live in San Antonio, TX The company I work for is looking for a charitable program. I have collected plastic tops before for children in Mexico. Can we collect here in Texas, and where can they be delivered? Please let us know! Thank you!

  3. Lucy Hunt on October 3rd, 2018 10:36 AM

    Where do I send the caps

  4. Zulema Munoz on December 10th, 2018 3:32 PM

    Where do we send the caps to?

  5. Sherri on December 31st, 2018 6:07 PM

    Have a lot of bottle caps as well as alit of other caps was saving them anywhere I can drop them off . And do you just take bottles caps or any caps.

  6. ANGELINE EVANS on January 1st, 2019 2:42 PM

    How can my organization in South Carolina get this information to help our children’s hospital?

  7. ANGELINE EVANS on January 1st, 2019 2:43 PM

    Where do we send the caps to help a children’s hospital in South Carolina?

  8. Greg Smith on January 4th, 2019 4:51 PM

    Unfortunately, this is a hoax. The reason you can’t find where you send them is because there isn’t a place. The caps are worthless as scrap and can’t even be recycled (the wrong kind of plastic) There are thousands upon thousands of ways to help if you want to, this just isn’t one of them.

  9. Maria Guajardo on January 7th, 2019 1:06 PM

    I live in Texas and someone has already asked one of the local cancer centers if they do this and they said they had never heard of it. I have been collecting bottle caps for a craft project that didn’t work out so I wanted to donate them for this purpose but I don’t know where to take them or where to send them because I’m even trying to get the local schools involved. Please, I would appreciate any information on where to send them.

  10. hellen on February 3rd, 2019 6:18 PM

    can the caps go to any hostpital like holy cross

  11. Ryan Mobly on April 4th, 2019 12:02 AM

    I had a friend her brother had cancer. He helped three children in the orphanage that had cancer. Over the last three years I’ve been collecting twist or tabs for these children the last one passed away about a month ago. I have a lot of caps I would love to help somewhere. Help me hope.

  12. Brenda Sedillo on April 12th, 2019 11:24 AM

    Yes in my mind something told me To start collect all types of plastic bottle caps and right now I have so many bottle caps that I need to donate them or give them to charity or a project X students might need I need to know where can I drop these better caps thank you If you could give me a location in Houston’s to go drop them off thank you

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