A car­rier’s com­pas­sion

Car­bon­ear boy do­nat­ing pa­per money to Re­lay for Life

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

This week, 12-year-old Car­bon­ear res­i­dent Zachary Dool­ing is look­ing for your help.

Zachary is a car­rier with The Com­pass and he’s do­nat­ing the sales from his pa­per route this week to the Re­lay for Life and the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety. This year’s event will be held in Up­per Is­land Cove on Sept. 12.

As a re­sult of this, the pa­per will match all do­na­tions re­ceived by Zachary. He’ll be rap- ping on doors and walk­ing his route of 30 cus­tomers with the goal of rais­ing $100 for the re­lay.

“I’ll be go­ing door-to-door,” said Zachary.

This year’s do­na­tion trail is the Car­bon­ear Academy stu­dents’ sec­ond us­ing his Com­pass earn­ings to fund the mis­sion of the re­lay. Ac­cord­ing to the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety’s web­site, 65 cents of ev­ery dol­lar goes to­wards cre­at­ing a world where peo­ple do not fear can­cer.

Last year, Zachary raised $52 through his earn­ings. When he came up with the idea, he was brain­storm­ing for new ways to fundraise money.

As he was rolling ideas over in his head, the prover­bial light bulb went off.

“I thought what if I could use my Com­pass money and get most of it,” said Zachary. “It makes me happy.”

When he walks onto the field in Is­land Cove this week, Zachary will be do­ing so for the fourth time. He is a mem­ber of the team Inked for Life.

They’ll be on the field giv­ing out fake tat­toos and do­ing face paint­ing.

A mem­ber of the air cadets, Zachary is a lot like many 12year-olds. He spends his time play­ing sports like soc­cer, soft­ball and cross-coun­try run­ning.

At the re­lay, he’ll be tak­ing part in some­thing big­ger than him­self.

“I think it’s fan­tas­tic,” said his mother Bev­erly. “I think it is im­por­tant that they give back and … teach­ing them that there is a lot of need for this kind of thing.”

Ev­ery­one’s touched by can­cer

Walk into a crowded room and you’d be hard pressed to find some­one who hasn’t been touched by can­cer. They might have it them­selves, know some­one who is bat­tling the dis­ease or re­cently lost a loved one to it.

Can­cer is one of those dis­eases that can strike a per­son from all corners of their lives. Just like any­one, Doo­ley has lost friends and fam­ily to the dis­ease.

In the past year, he lost his teacher at Car­bon­ear Academy and one of his cus­tomers to can­cer. He has even lost mem­bers of his re­lay team to the dis­ease.

“I re­ally wanted to raise money for them,” said Zachary.

Remembering

The Re­lay for Life is as much about remembering loved ones as it is about rais­ing money to fight can­cer.

“It is an emo­tional day,” said Bev­erly. “There is a lot of upand-down.”

Teams will march to cher­ish mem­o­ries of the ones they’ve lost and at the end, they’ll each don a bracelet in hon­our of some­one who is af­fected or who suc­cumbed to the dis­ease.

They give their time and ef­fort so other fam­i­lies can pos­si­bly have more time with theirs.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the re­lay,” said Zachary. “It’ll feel good to reach the $100 dol­lar mark.”

PHOTO BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COM­PASS

12-year-old Zachary Dool­ing will be do­nat­ing the money from his pa­per route to the Re­lay for Life and the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety.

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