St. Anthony's School and Drumheller Valley Secondary School braved the rain and ran in the 2018 Terry Fox Run.

Schools all over Canada have been running this week in honour of the hero who ran for 143 days across six provinces.

For DVSS, the day started off with an assembly led by Principal Curtis LaPierre and included biology teacher Jason Rasmussen giving a rundown on the effects of cancer on the Terryfox3Grade One student Maci Andrew Reid of St.Anthony's Schoolbody. Next up was an emotional speech from Jr High teacher Ryan Hatch about his mother's experience with being diagnosed with cancer three times.

Students across the school gymnasium were moved by the important cause.

"I have lost my grandma to cancer, and I have known so many people that have been affected by cancer. Just being a part of this day is really special to me. It is nice to give back and know that there will be a cure someday. We just have to keep working for it," explained DVSS student Claire Suntjens, who was volunteering to help with the run.

Also among those volunteering to run water stations, and mark how many laps each student had completed was Gabby Thomson.

"I have had many family members who have suffered from cancer so it means a lot to help out with the whole thing."

Instead of each student collecting pledges, the school held two fundraisers. They sold taco in a bag out of the school concession and held a cake auction that saw all the proceeds go to the cause.

In total, the two fundraisers raised $3,300, with donations still coming in.

St. Anthony's School started off similarly with an assembly prior to the run with guest speaker, Peter Gruber, who spoke of his battle against cancer. He shared his journey with all of the students and teachers and pointed out that his next goal is to reach five years cancer free.

The stage was then taken by Grade One student Maci Andrew Reid, who raised the highest amount of money for 2018 St. Anthony's Terry Fox Run with $1,335.

"I went every day," said Reid. "Sometimes before I even went to bed. It was really fun."

The Catholic school has been participating in the run for 14 years and raised a total of $10,300 for this year run. That makes a 14 year grand total of $127,892.76.

Teachers and staff at St. Anthony's are gearing up to make next years 15th Terry Fox Run a spectacle to remember.

DVSS teacher Dawn Sullivan pumps up the crowd before the run.


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