Making a difference one 'step' at a time
Since the age of 10, MHS Junior Divya Goel has been collecting donations for the UW Kids Cancer Fund every year for her birthday. While she has always had a passion for helping others, her inspiration drew from visiting the UW-Children's hospital as her sister, who was receiving outpatient care. Thankfully, her sister did not have cancer, but she noticed many other children struggling and wanted to help.
Divya's fundraising efforts have grown up alongside her. She began by collecting coloring supplies, LEGOs, games, movies, etc., for the children to enjoy while in the hospital. The pandemic ended physical donations like toys and games, but that didn't stop Divya from making a difference.
Last year she designed and sold childhood cancer awareness t-shirts, raising a total of $2,000 for the cancer fund! This year, she plans to take it up a notch by hosting a 5k run/walk titled 'Help Fight Childhood Cancer' at Elver Park on Sunday, June 12th, at 9am. With a goal of $10,000 this year, Divya is already off to a great start and is looking forward to the event. "I'm thankful to all that have helped me through this process," said Divya, "I couldn't have done it without them!"
The district is proud to share Divya's story and showcase her hard work for a great cause! Thank you for being a fantastic example of what a spark of kindness and compassion can do!
If you are interested in signing up for the 5k run/walk or learning more about Divya's story, check out her website linked here.
*For those interested in donating but not participating, tax-exempt donations can be made on the 5k/run walk website*