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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.
One Step At a Time
For Kelly Walsh’s student council, over the years, the Trojan Trek began to symbolize more than just another fundraiser; the Trojan Trek became an emblem of community strength. Two years ago when the proceeds of the month long walk began to benefit the Angels Cancer Care Program, members of the Kelly Walsh student council were given amazing insight into the daily lives of cancer patients and their families. We were moved by the compassion and dedication of those leading and those involved in the program, and the light the Angels would bring into seemingly dark situations touched us and inspired us.
To that end, the Angels lend a helping hand in survivorship. Survivorship begins the moment a patient is given his/her diagnosis and begins the battle. This local program is dedicated to providing many services which include mentoring, providing wigs and meals, running errands and giving other support the patient or family may need during treatment. The funds of Trojan Trek and the symbolism of walking together as a community against cancer help this program. While each year we have gotten closer to our goal, we have never reached the hours or the donations needed. Last year, we raised about $34,000 dollars and had at least 20 time slots empty. However, we hope that this will be the year that we walk, as a community, for 720 hours and that we raise $72,000 for a necessary service.
Lastly, as we embark on this mission, we must remember that as individuals each of us can do so much to make an impact, but collectively we can change the world, and sometimes that change begins with a single step or 720 hours of steps.
Kathleen Nganga recently graduated from Kelly Walsh High School where she was on the Executive Board of the Student Council. This fall she will be attending Northwestern University to study political science. In her free time, Kathleen enjoys reading, service learning activities, and the great outdoors.