Student raised cash to fight cancer

Evan McFadden managed to complete his run in about 30 minutes, the same time that it took his 17-year-old brother Emmott.

Another brother, Draedon, was not far behind them.

The three brothers and about 20 friends and fellow students at St. Mary elementary school in Elora completed the 7km run Friends Who Car Run for POGO from the school to their home on Hill Street on Sunday morning. They ran through the Keating subdivision in Elora, into Bissell Park, crossed the bridge, went south to the 1st Line, and then home to Hill Street.

The run was the second that Evan has organized. He wanted to do something to help fight cancer, and chose the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario, known as POGO.

“I just wanted to help out kids with cancer,” he said.

Evan went on line and found POGO and it suited his goal. POGO is located in several area hospitals, including Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, and there are others nearby in Hamilton and London.

That means kids fighting cancer no longer have to travel to Toronto for treatment.

Evan’s mom, Angela McFadden, said the nearness of the clinics is a big plus for families already under a lot of stress.

The runners completed their trek over about one hour, and then enjoyed hot chocolate and treats at the McFadden home on Hills street.

Angela McFadden said the runners “came in groups,” and that ensured warm drinks and treats were ready and waiting for them, and each runner had a partner, so no one got lost or left behind.

Evan McFadden said, “Next year will be bigger than ever. I hope to convince the entire grade 8 class to participate.”