St. Peter stu­dent runs 100 kilo­me­tres rais­ing funds for Terry Fox cause

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St. Peter Sec­ondary School stu­dent Nathan Twohey ran 100 kilo­me­tres for the Terry Fox cam­paign this year.

Al­though you’d usu­ally find Nathan on skates play­ing hockey, he laced up his sneak­ers in­stead and hit the pave­ment to gar­ner money for the cam­paign.

The Grade 11 stu­dent has raised cash for the fundraiser in the past, but this time the cause hit closer to home.

“A friend of mine got can­cer this year, so it’s a lit­tle more sen­ti­men­tal, I guess,” he said.

His friend, Chris­tian Levec, is who the St. Peter com­mu­nity is rais­ing funds in honour of for the 2019 Terry Fox cam­paign.

Stu­dents from St. Peter and Holy Cross sec­ondary schools teamed up Thurs­day to walk or run for the fundraiser.

Area high schools used to join to­gether for a group walk/run at Ni­cholls Oval Park, but that ended two years ago. Since then, schools have or­ga­nized their own events. About 1,000 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated Thurs­day and many were dressed in their

school’s garb, in­clud­ing jer­seys and hood­ies, bear­ing Saints or Hur­ri­canes lo­gos. Nathan wore a unique Terry Fox T-shirt.

The 16-year-old spread out his 100-km trek over 15 days, run­ning nearly seven kilo­me­tres around his neigh­bour­hood each day.

“It was tough,” he said.

With his friend in mind, Nathan pushed through it and has raised $1,020 so far.

He has un­til Tues­day to add to his pot and he hopes to raise more.

“Can­cer af­fects every­body, and if we can help pre­vent it, that’d be great.”

His mom, Kathy Twohey, who teaches math at St. Peter, said she was proud of her son.

“I’m proud of his de­ter­mi­na­tion. He went out and ran or shine and with pur­pose,” she said.

Nathan’s friend Laura Smith said she was ea­ger to hear from Nathan each day, shar­ing how far he’d run and how much he’d raised.

“It’s amaz­ing … it’s a su­per proud mo­ment,” Laura said of Nathan’s ef­forts.

Laura, 17, is also rais­ing money for the cam­paign and said be­ing part of a school that’s rec­og­nized for its ded­i­ca­tion to the foun­da­tion is al­ways spe­cial.

“It’s a re­ally awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence shar­ing the ex­cite­ment with ev­ery­one,” Laura said.

JES­SICA NYZNIK EX­AM­INER

St. Peter Sec­ondary School stu­dents Laura Smith and Nathan Twohey af­ter the Terry Fox run/walk near the school on Thurs­day. Nathan has raised more than $1,000.

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