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Trojan Trek Student Blog Series – Tom Ladd

Editor’s note: Over the next several weeks, we will feature guest blogs from Kelly Walsh High School students. They will share their personal story of why they are involved in the upcoming Trojan Trek to benefit the Angels Cancer Care Program. The Trojan Trek will take place in June when participants will walk the track for 720 hours. If you are interested in participating, walkers are asked to raise at least $100 in pledges and donations for every hour spent on the track. Register online at Or call Jillian Riddle, Angels Cancer Care coordinator, at 577-4355 to find an open slot or to donate money to someone else’s trek.   The story goes that two years ago Mr. Diller was bored sitting in some meeting and he started to think of a way that his school could help. He thought that if his school helped with the fight against cancer our community would benefit the most. As is Mr. Diller’s norm, he came up with something big, an idea to do something that no one else has done before: have a month long walk around the Kelly Walsh track and raise $100 for every hour in that month. 720 hours walked and $72,000 given to fight cancer. The funds raised through the Trojan Trek will benefit the Angels Cancer Care Program of the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation. The Angels provide support to cancer patients during treatment with non-medical needs including – wigs, prosthesis, utility payments, food and gas vouchers, mentorship, etc. Everyone has a connection to cancer; everyone has felt its touch. The connection to cancer is not a good one; its touch is one of the worst. Our school has felt that if we could help the people in our community that have unfortunately been touched by cancer we would leave our touch, and that touch would be remembered as gentle and helpful. This project, this month is more than just a walk. It helps those struggling with the fight against cancer. It relieves their caretakers of the small burdens that sometimes seem to be the greatest. It is one community doing what it can to fight against cancer! I have helped organize the Trojan Trek for the past two years and it has been one of the most rewarding projects I have ever had the pleasure to have a hand in. The people that the Angels Cancer Care Program helps are gracious for the things they receive. It is the small things that truly matter, like a turkey on Thanksgiving or a place to stay while getting cancer treatments. The smiles on the patients’ faces while going through such a hard time makes the time and work put into this trek well worth it.

About the Author

Tom Ladd Tom Ladd recently graduated from Kelly Walsh High School where he was on the  Executive Board of the Student Council. This fall he will be attending the  Colorado School of Mines and plans to study engineering. In his free time, Tom  enjoys being in the great outdoors of Wyoming, Skiing, and playing tennis.


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