Jaimey Hamilton inspired her teachers and peers at Dunsmuir middle school to Give it Back.
The Grade 9 student overcame two bouts of leukemia: one when she was five years old and the second when she was nine. She has been in remission since August 2012 after receiving a bone marrow transplant in Vancouver at B.C. Children’s Hospital.
Through her years of doctors appointments, chemotherapy and other treatments, she spent a lot of time travelling to Vancouver.
“It took up a lot of time for travelling and stuff,” Hamilton said. “It was kind of a pain.”
The school raised $10,000 through a fun fair carnival and silent auction at the school last May and the money will be donated to B.C. Childhood Cancer Parent’s Association today (Nov. 20) at a school assembly.
The school hopes the money can be used to get children with cancer treatment on the Island so they don’t have to go to Vancouver as often.
“The money was raised for children with pediatric cancer and it will go directly to help families on Vancouver Island,” said Brian Hobson, head of Dunsmuir’s soccer academy.
“The whole school was involved in this and it was really a community effort.”