Run­ning for a world with­out can­cer

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Stu­dents in Drumheller are gear­ing up for the Terry Fox School Run to raise funds and aware­ness for can­cer and can­cer re­search.

Green­tree School will once again par­tic­i­pate in the an­nual Run on Septem­ber 28. Grade 2 teacher Jacquie Kolm says the school has set a goal to raise $2,000.

Tra­di­tion­ally the Grade 2 Class at Green­tree School has been strong sup­port­ers of the Terry Fox Run and these stu­dents will be out with pledge forms col­lect­ing do­na­tions for the run.

The school is also un­der­tak­ing its Toonie for Terry cam­paign and for the week of Septem­ber 24-28 stu­dents will be asked to bring a toonie dona­tion for can­cer re­search. Kolm says can­cer has af­fected many of the stu­dents.

“They have grand­par­ents, un­cles, and aunts af­fected by can­cer,” said Kolm. “We have book­lets we are work­ing on in health class and know­ing that Terry didn’t com­plete the mis­sion, that he gave it his best and that is why we try to com­mem­o­rate this on an an­nual ba­sis.”

St. An­thony’s School re­mains a strong sup­porter of the Terry Fox Run. Over the last 14 years, the school has raised $117,592.76 for can­cer re­search in Terry’s name. “The good thing about the Terry Fox run is that it has a good rep­u­ta­tion,” said run co­or­di­na­tor at St. An­thony’s Gavin Makse. “There are so many other or­ga­ni­za­tions out there that are skep­ti­cal, you ques­tion how much of a dona­tion will ac­tu­ally go to this cause. For the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion, 82 cents of every dol­lar goes to can­cer re­search. It is an­other thing that makes you proud as a Cana­dian.”

Last year, St. An­thony’s was the 13th high­est fundrais­ing school out of over 1,400 schools from Al­berta, Nu­navut, and the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries. This year its goal is to raise $7,500 for can­cer re­search.

The whole school will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the walk and run on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 27. The day will be­gin with an as­sem­bly at 10 a.m. fol­lowed by the walk.

Green­tree School stu­dents will par­tic­i­pate in the walk start­ing at 1:15 p.m. on Fri­day, Septem­ber 28.

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