A very successful Trojan Parade for Cancer with $30,000 raised for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Gil Pharand, senior manager of the local chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society is quite impressed with the effort by West Ferris students.

“These kids are going out in their neighbourhood and doing all the work is impressive. There were 500 students that are part of this. It’s a great show of school spirit and community spirit. This is an amazing day,” he says.

Teacher and football coach at West Ferris Brent Hamilton says the students were inspired this year as one of their own Ryan McColeman lost his father to cancer.

“When we got together in our auditorium three weeks ago Ryan spoke on the video. We really wanted to get across the importance of this to the kids. Then they started thinking about the people in their lives who have either lost the fight or who are fighting or who have fought and won,” he says.

This is the most that has been raised in the event’s history in one year.

This is the 26th annual event and the amount raised over that time is $280,000.

(photo by station staff)

Filed under: Canadian Cancer Society, Ryan McColeman, Trojan Parade for cancer, West Ferris Secondary School