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10th Annual Inside Ride at GISS
10th Annual Inside Ride at GISS
Posted on 11/15/2016

Gananoque Intermediate and Secondary School
10th Annual Inside Ride Raises $5,500

(Gananoque) – Staff and students at Gananoque Intermediate and Secondary School (GISS) made it a little easier Monday for families touched by childhood cancer.

The 10th annual GISS Inside Ride event generated $5,500 for the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation  (CCACF), which raises needed funds for childhood cancer charities whose programs support children fighting the disease and their families. During the sponsored event, staff and students participated on 13 teams of six people each. Participants took turns riding their team’s stationary bike over a two-hour period. Each team member had to raise a minimum of $50 each – or $300 per team – to take part. This year’s fundraising total was 10 per cent higher than the school’s target of $5,000. Over the course of 10 years, the school has raised more than $62,000 for the charity.

On top of the fundraising total, what also made the event special was that it was dedicated to McKenna Modler, a cancer survivor at GISS who has helped raised a significant sum for cancer research in her own right.

“I think it was a really successful event,” said Dawn Morency, a teacher at the school who helped co-ordinate the fundraiser. “It’s a lot of fun for our kids and it’s great to see the interaction between teachers and our students. It was wonderful because we were supporting one of our own, and we were also reaching out to help others in the community.”

Students who participated in the fundraiser said it was worthwhile because it drew attention to the need to help families of childhood cancer victims, who are not only worried about a loved one, but must also deal with the financial strain posed by trips to treatment sessions, often at distant, specialized hospitals. While treatment is paid for by the government, costs such as travel, meals on the road and lost wages due to time off work can add up.

Gabby Sebrango is a Grade 11 student who rode as part of the “Cancer Busters,” a Ghostbusters-style team that dressed in white plastic overalls, each member wearing a cancer victim remembrance ribbon.

“People don’t realize how much financial stress is put on the families of these kids thinking about the money needed to fight this disease,” said Sebrango. “I think it’s important that people realize the money involved … and that it (CCACF) is a very worthwhile cause.”

The event awarded medals in various categories including: top female fundraiser, McKenna Modler, $550; top male student fundraiser, Anthony Fox, $82; top fundraising team, Cancer Busters, $1,131; and distance award, Blood, Sweat and Gears.

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