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Okanagan Mission students aid cancer research with Relay for Life

Event has raised more than $100,000 over past three years

Making a difference.

That is a theme that percolates among many high school students who want to make a meaningful contribution to their community.

For students at École Okanagan Mission Secondary, that desire has been invested in the organization of the school’s annual Relay for Life.

In the past three years of running Relay for Life, OKM has raised more than $100,000 to support cancer research and other initiatives seeking to find a cure for the disease.

Teachers have supported the students’ efforts, as has the Mission community.

This year, OKM is seeking to expand participation in the event to include Mount Boucherie Secondary and Rutland Senior Secondary, along with OKM’s feeder schools.

Nicole Fedkiw, an OKM teacher, and vice-principal Graham Johnson were joined by students Ayla Hiller, Sarah Kovacs and Adam Wasti in presenting the school’s plans to the Central Okanagan Board of Education last Wednesday (April 10) for this year’s event, slated for June 6.

Johnson said students have been the drivers behind Relay for Life becoming a hallmark event for the school, calling their efforts “a silver lining” in what is a tough thing for people to deal with, a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Trustee Julia Fraser said it warms her heart to see students and staff working together on this cause, one that hits close to home for her because cancer has touched her own family.

Kevin Kaardal, Central Okanagan Public Schools superintendent/CEO, called OKM’s Relay for Life an “incredible event.”

“What is really important is these students are really making a difference,” Kaardal said.

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Barry Gerding

About the Author: Barry Gerding

Senior regional reporter for Black Press Media in the Okanagan. I have been a journalist in the B.C. community newspaper field for 37 years...
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