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Greater Fort Erie Secondary Students Walk To End Cancer

by User Not Found | Jun 22, 2023

Inaugural Relay for Life raises $6,500

Students at Greater Fort Erie Secondary School took to the track to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society in the school’s inaugural Relay for Life June 1. - GFESS photo

Greater Fort Erie Secondary School’s first Relay for Life event was a big success.

Students taking part in the event raised more than $6,500 for cancer research, walking lap upon lap at the school’s track.

Teacher Cristina Dias, who spearheaded the event, appreciated the effort of all involved.

“The students' passion and hard work were instrumental in not only raising funds but also spreading awareness about the importance of cancer research,” she said in news release from the school. “Events like the Relay for Life provide an opportunity for the younger generation to actively engage in meaningful causes and make a positive impact on society.”

The students, she added, “have shown exemplary dedication, determination, and compassion, and their contributions will undoubtedly make a difference in the fight against cancer.”


Relay for Life events, organized with the Canadian Cancer Society, are staged annually and bring together participants and community groups to honour cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to the disease, and raise funds for vital cancer research initiatives.

Leading fundraisers included Aly Sandel ($1,481), Gabrielle Cudmore ($956), Tristan Jagiello ($830) and Makenna Mathieson ($828).

Dias noted the students also appreciated donations made by community members and local businesses, including Domino's Pizza (Garrison Road) and Subway, which provided food for the event.

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