Flags to help fight can­cer

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CORN­WALL, On­tario - A brother and sis­ter team at St. Lawrence Sec­ondary School have been work­ing to raise money for the re­search of child­hood can­cer.

Septem­ber is Child­hood Can­cer Aware­ness month and Haleema and Osama Chaudhry have been rais­ing money at their school by sell­ing gold coloured flags, gold is the colour of Child­hood Can­cer Aware­ness month.

The stu­dents had been sell­ing the flags to their peers at $1 a flag for the past three weeks. As of Thurs­day, Sept. 20, 2018 they had raised $610 and sold 400 flags. In ad­di­tion to sell­ing the flags, they also held a “Guess the Num­ber of Candies” fundraiser where peo­ple could buy a ticket to guess the num­ber of candies in a jar.

“There are kids suf­fer­ing from child­hood can­cer and we wanted to raise aware­ness,” said Haleema. “We have been work­ing with the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety for sev­eral months and we wanted to help the chil­dren who are suf­fer­ing.”

“We’ve ba­si­cally been work­ing on mak­ing flags ev­ery night,” said Osama. “It was a lot of hard work, but it was about rais­ing aware­ness.”

On Thurs­day, Haleema and Osama and their peers at St. Lawrence Sec­ondary School planted their golden flags on the front lawn of their school.

They had help from So­phie O’brien, a 3-yearold girl who suf­fers from bi- lat­eral Retinoblas­toma which has left her blind and with a pros­thetic in one eye.

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