A St. Thomas University student will receive an award on Tuesday in memory of Heather MacInnis, the young woman from Harvey Station who died earlier this year after a battle with cystic fibrosis.
MacInnis had fought cystic fibrosis her whole life and had two lung transplants before she died in April.
MacInnis has been described as a poster child for Shinerama, a national campaign by university students to shine shoes and collect money for research into the disease.
Katie Clow, the organizer of this year's campaign at St. Thomas University, said MacInnis's friends and family and the national cystic fibrosis community have supported the idea of an award in MacInnis’s honour because of her hard work for the cause.
"I just think it's so important to keep her name alive just because she's done so much with Shinerama and at STU in general," Clow said.
"It's important that we keep that going and that people, especially students at STU, realize that we do have fellow students and fellow people in the community who are affected by this disease."
The Heather MacInnis Memorial Award will be given to a STU student, who "best demonstrates the quality of compassion, positive spirit and leadership."
Clow said she will be watching out for students who are trying to make a difference on Tuesday.
"My team and I will be taking note of who's staying positive, who's coming out, who's compassionate about this, and who's taking on a leadership role," she said.
MacInnis’s sister will present the award on Tuesday evening.
Alison Belyea, a religious studies professor at the university, was very close to MacInnis while she was in the hospital.
She said MacInnis’s family is excited to see their daughter’s work carry on through this award.