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Trojan Trek Student Blog Series – Caleigh Burgen

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 wyomingmedicalcenter.org/trojantrek 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.

When starting high school, many kids think that the experiences at school are all that matter. Fall football games, Spirit Week, Rodstock, basketball games and many more activities can all create the high school dream. But who knew that after school gets out; you can help those experiences go further! You can do something that can help someone else in the summer instead of being bored around the house. You can help change someone’s life just by walking around a track, or giving up a few dollars.

That’s what the Trojan Trek is all about:  Helping others in a simple way. All you have to do is take an hour long (or longer) walk around the Kelly Walsh Stadium. It may be a trek for your own life, or a trek that someone else has gone through, and you are just a stop on the way to the finish line. The funds raised will benefit the Angels Cancer Care Program to help cancer patients with nonmedical needs while going through treatment and everyday items to make their life more comfortable.

We have all had some encounter with cancer, and even if you don’t know it, you have been affected by it. The people we see every day could be fighting this battle, and your support of the Trojan Trek, big or small, will change their lives in a huge way.

This is my first year helping with the Trojan Trek, and it will not be my last. I am so excited to be a stepping stone for others to get out and help the community, if that is helping serve dinner to patients once a month, or just smiling and listening to someone’s story. Even if it is an hour around a track on a sunny day, you can be changing cancer patients’ lives, one step at a time.

About the Author

Caleigh Burgen (center) is a freshman at Kelly Walsh high school. She has two older brothers, Leighton (left) who graduated from KW last year, and Casson (right) who is a junior at NCHS. She was the freshman class president and the sophomore class president-elect for the upcoming school year.  Caleigh is also involved in sports and the music program at KW. She is very excited to see where student council will be taking her in the future years!

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