Childhood Cancer Campaign fun run raises $4,400
Event has raised nearly $10,000 in two years
Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 11:13 am
The second annual Childhood Cancer Campaign five-kilometre walk or fun run raised $4,400 for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation as close to 60 people turned out to the East Lake Athletic Park on June 6.
Event Coordinator Jodie Matsuba-Szucs was pleased with the turn out and was happy to see the event grow from last year’s attendance of 45 participants.
“There are always so many events going on around town so sometimes it can be difficult to get people to come out, but we were hoping for about 60 to 70 people this year,” said Matsuba-Szucs.
The 2013 event was held in memoriam of Jayden Phaneuf and Christian Crowell, who lost their brave fights with childhood cancer. Crowell passed away at five years of age on Jan. 14, 2013 after a battle with Rhabdo Myo Sarcoma. Phaneuf passed away two weeks later on Jan. 28 at the age of six.
“Christian was the spokesperson for last year’s run and he was in remission at the time,” said Matsuba-Szucs. “It was tough because he passed before last year’s event and didn’t get to participate so we wanted to dedicate this year’s event to him and Jayden.”
Admission to the event was free and participants were encouraged to collect pledges or make online contributions. The minimum amount was set at $20 but Matsuba-Szucs said all contributions were appreciated.
Two in every five Canadians will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime and a much higher percentage will be affected by the disease in some way; Peter Lodoen, Christian Crowell’s uncle, is one of many Canadians who has been affected and he and some of Christian’s cousins came out on June 6 to support the event.
“Christian’s parents weren’t able to make it out for the event so we just wanted to make sure that the Crowell family was represented and came out to support this great thing that they’re doing for Jayden and Christian,” said Lodoen. “It’s been a tough last few years for both families so to see the community come out to support is just unbelievable.”
Lodoen gave credit to Matsuba-Szucs for her efforts in putting on such an event and supporting such a noble cause.
“I ran in the Calgary marathon for children’s cancer care and that event has hundreds of people organizing, and then you look at Jodie (Matsuba-Szucs) and she is basically a one-person team, and I know how much work goes on behind the scenes so it’s very impressive.”