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Walk has raised nearly $60 K in cancer patient's memory

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Jun 14, 2014 - 9:46 AM |
A walk in memory of 13-year-old Johnathan Hetu has raised nearly $60,000 over the past nine years for the Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer. From left are St. Charles teacher and walk organizer Dave Nicholls, Jean Hetu (Johnathan's dad), students Gabriel Gascon, Marissa Bourque, Cindy Caya (Johnathan's mom) and principal David Soehner. Supplied photo.

A walk in memory of 13-year-old Johnathan Hetu has raised nearly $60,000 over the past nine years for the Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer. From left are St. Charles teacher and walk organizer Dave Nicholls, Jean Hetu (Johnathan's dad), students Gabriel Gascon, Marissa Bourque, Cindy Caya (Johnathan's mom) and principal David Soehner. Supplied photo.

When 13-year-old St. Charles Catholic Elementary School student Johnathan Hetu passed away a decade ago after a two-year battle with leukemia, one of the teachers at his school felt compelled to do something in his memory.

David Nicholls organized the Johnathan Hetu walk, which over the past nine years has raised close to $60,000 for the Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer.

This year's event, which took place June 6, brought in $7,112.

“I am extremely proud of my students and staff for continuing to honour our former student and his family through this walk and their donations,” said St. Charles principal Dave Soehner.

“The Johnathan Hetu walk brings us closer as a school community, allows us the opportunity to celebrate one of our own, as well as give back to our own city in a very positive and direct way through NOFCC.”

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