Student goes beyond call of duty in her support of Run for the Cure
(Julie Collins – Cape Breton Post)
Emma Simpson, a Grade 9 student at Thompson Junior High, heads to the stables each day after school to train with her horse, Mya.
(Emma is exactly the type of person the newly installed Governor-General David Johnston was talking about the other day on Parliament Hill – CAPER)
NORTH SYDNEY — For the first time in 10 years, Emma Simpson is going to miss participating in the CBIC Run for the Cure.
The 14-year-old began fundraising for the run as a Grade Primary student at Seton Elementary.
She will be donating $1,300 this year, bringing her total to over $27,000, long since surpassing her personal goal $10,000.
“I feel just terrible about missing the run,” said the soft-spoken teenager. “Being at the run is really inspirational. You see all these people that care so much about everybody — it is really amazing.”
Simpson will be competing in 4-H Provincials in Truro on the weekend in horse judging, English riding and jumping foods project.
“It was a difficult decision to make. But I feel it is important as a member of 4-H to honour that commitment.”
Along with being an honour student, Simpson participates in track and field, and plays basketball and soccer. After school and on the weekends she is busy riding and caring for her horse Mya.
“As I get older my responsibilities are growing, but I’ll never stop fundraising as my part in the fight to find a cure for breast cancer, it touches everyone,” she said. “My aunt beat cancer once and now it has come back. She is battling, but it isn’t easy.”
Over the years she has collected bottles, sold ribbons, set up donation cans and canvassed door to door.
“I look forward to the day when they find a cure, but in the meantime we all have to do what we can to help,” she said. “Everything counts, that’s why I feel it is important not to stop. Just thinking about the possibility that money I could have raised may have made the difference makes it impossible to stop.”
Simpson added that she couldn’t continue without the support of her parents, Michelle and Walter Simpson.
She was surprised when ATV television officials visited her school Friday to present her with the Maritimer of the Week award for her work in support of breast cancer research.
Sydney’s 10th annual Run for the Cure last year raised close to $315,000 for breast cancer support programs and research.
As a part of Run for the Cure, teams run or walk two to five kilometres, often wearing the cause’s symbolic colour pink. Many run in the name of someone who has, or is battling breast cancer.
The run takes place Sunday at Sydney Armouries, Victoria Park.