Stick it to Cancer: St. Helena Junior High throws fundraiser for teen

Just six days after his 13th birthday, Alec Remenda was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare type of cancer in which rapidly growing tumours are found in the bone or in soft tissue.

'It's more than the dollars that are raised here today, it's the community spirit,' says Kids Cancer Care CEO

Students and staff at St. Helena Junior High throw a fundraiser for Alec Remenda, who was diagnosed with cancer six days after his 13th birthday. 1:31

Just six days after his 13th birthday, Alec Remenda was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare type of cancer in which rapidly growing tumours are found in the bone or in soft tissue.

"At first I didn't even think it was real," Remenda said.

"I thought I was in the hospital for a week, and I thought I'll be back to hockey and school in stuff in a week. I didn't know it would be this bad."

In the two years since, he's undergone extensive chemotherapy and radiation treatment. 

To help support him through this, two of his St. Helena Junior High classmates, Madison Pierce and Priscilla Ksenic, organized a school-wide fundraiser to, literally, stick it to cancer.

Alec Remenda, 15, tapes a St. Helena Junior High teacher to the wall at a school-wide fundraiser thrown in his honour. (Monty Kruger/CBC)

All of the proceeds raised from the week-long floor hockey tournament, shave-a-thon and duct-taping will go to Kids Cancer Care.

"This is so meaningful for Alec and his family, to see his school community doing so much for not only him, but all of his friends that are going through cancer treatment as well," said Christine McIver, founder and CEO of Kids Cancer Care.

"It's more than the dollars that are raised here today, it's the community spirit," she said.

"It's helping Alec to get through his treatment, and it's telling him, 'we understand and are there for you.'"

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