Melissa Woods

Students fight back

White Rock youth raise hundreds to battle cancer

White Rock Elementary student Melissa Woods has helped raise close to $400 for cancer research, support and prevention – a contribution inspired by family members.

Melissa’s grandma, great grandma and uncle succumbed to the disease, and she had all three of them in mind while rallying her school to donate to the cause.

The campaign began when Melissa, 12, decided this year to make a powerpoint presentation on cancer.

Some of Melissa’s closest friends helped make posters and joined her in showing the presentation to school principal Fran Fagan.

After being given the OK to go through with their fundraising plan, the group began going class to class and giving presentations.

“On the following Monday, we told our school our grand total was not far off from our goal of $400,” Melissa said in an email. “We raised $386.25. Everyone was surprised.”

Ivana Kovacevik helped raise some of that money in honour of her grandfather, who died of cancer at the age of 46.

“I never had a chance to meet him and I miss him so much,” she said. “I worked with Melissa on this project in memory of my grandfather to raise money to help people get out of cancer. “Like it said in our powerpoint presentation, cancer is nothing to ignore – it’s something to get rid of, demolish.”

The money raised was handed over to the Canadian Cancer Society earlier this month.

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