Girl raising money for cancer research

Heather Latter

Samantha Halliday wants to help cure cancer.
The six-year-old from Fort Frances is collecting pledges for the annual Terry Fox Run in honour of her uncle, Rob McNay, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer back in June.
“I miss him so much, and I don’t want other kids to lose their parents and aunts and uncles and grandparents to this awful disease,” the youngster said.
“I want to be able to make the cancer go away.”
While Halliday participated in the Terry Fox Run last year with her neighbour who is a cancer survivor, she said this year is different because it’s about her Uncle Rob.
“This year I’m going to walk the whole way,” she vowed, noting she rode part of the way on her neighbour’s shoulders last year.
She’s even going to wear a T-shirt with her uncle’s photo on it.
“She was so close to [Rob],” said her mom, Sandra McNay.
“I am very proud of her for wanting to do this.”
Halliday’s initial goal was to raise $500 for the Terry Fox Foundation. But having recently achieved that, she’s now upped her fundraising target to $1,000.
“It’s amazing,” enthused McNay. “I put it on Facebook and soon a man brought some money, as well as other pledges he had gone out and got for her.
“People have been so good,” she added.
“We had a tough year. You never think it’s going to happen to you.”
McNay said being able to collect pledges online for the Terry Fox Run has been great because people can offer support even if they don’t live nearby.
Not only is Halliday raising money for cancer research through the Terry Fox Run, but she also has participated in the “Relay for Life.”
And she hopes one day to build a cancer machine that will cure the disease.
In fact, she already has designed the plan for the machine—complete with tubes that suck out the cancer and another device that carries it away and drops in the water.
“It’s so impressive that a kid could think of that,” McNay remarked.
Halliday, who knows a great deal about Terry Fox and how he lost his leg to cancer, hopes other young people choose to participate in the Terry Fox Run this year.
“If everyone in the world did it, then that would be great,” she said.
“And thank you to all the people who have already sponsored me.”
The local Terry Fox Run goes Sunday, Sept. 18 starting at the Sorting Gap Marina, with registration beginning at 1 p.m. and the run going at 1:30.
Pledge forms are available at businesses throughout the district.
To sponsor Halliday, visit www.terryfox.org or call 274-9673.