No stopping Cassidy Boland

Cassidy Boland, a Grade 5 student at Kelset has participated in the Terry Fox Run since her first year in elementary school

Cassidy Boland and her past education assistant

NORTH SAANICH — Cassidy Boland, a Grade 5 student at Kelset Elementary School has participated in the Terry Fox Run since her first year in elementary school, and this year she got a special surprise.

When she was in Grade 1, Cassidy started going from class to class with her Educational Assistant, Kathy Gilbey, collecting Toonies for Terry. She did this each year with Gilbey who is a long time devoted Terry Fox Run supporter.

At the time, Cassidy (who has Down syndrome) didn’t understand what cancer was but she could verbalize that Terry had a broken leg and that he ran to help others in need.

“On weekly class walks, when Cassidy started lagging behind, the only way to get her to catch up would be to say “let’s run” and Cassidy would reply, “run like Terry” and off she’d go with a smile on her face,” explained Julie McManus, the Teacher-Librarian at Kelset.

Her devotion and inspiration derived from the cause became particularly poignant last November when Cassidy was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Cassidy’s family relocated to Vancouver to support her through the difficult protocols for treating the cancer and the complications that come with the treatment and Down Syndrome.

Fortunately, Cassidy was able to return to Kelset Elementary this September.

This year, Marilyn Hodgson, a Grade 2/3 teacher and organizer of the annual Kelset Terry Fox Run, received a special red T-shirt to be worn by a cancer survivor in the school from the Terry Fox foundation.

“The Terry Fox Run at Kelset happened last week on Thursday (Sept. 26) but that day Cassidy’s platelet count happened to be down and she was exhausted,” said McManus.

“She was quite tired after lunch and was resting on a couch but there was no stopping her and when it was time for the run she perked up, put on that special red shirt and started walking around the field with her sister, Shaelynne, who’s in Kindergarten,” said McManus.

“Cassidy was truly in her element and had a big smile on her face. As she traveled around, Kathy would suggest taking a break and Cassidy would flash a big smile and simply say, ‘I keep going.’”

— News staff

 

 

Just Posted

HarbourCats bats hot in home return

Victoria squad downs Yakima Valley Pippins 17-2

Victoria veteran receives French Legion of Honour, becoming knight of France

Ted Vaughan was a pilot in the 408 “Goose” Squadron in WW2

Sidney youth bowl over the competition, head for nationals

Youngsters take Mens and Womens Singles Championships at recent tournament

Witness the passion and fire of flamenco in Victoria this July

Seventh annual Victoria Flamenco Festival features free and ticketed performances downtown

West Shore resident, local officer encourages women to take control of their safety

Kris Greffard is posting short videos with safety tips for women using local trails and parks

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Six inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

The 26th ceremony in Penticton welcomed powerful figures both from on and off the ice

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Most Read