Keeping the Trillium alive
By Donna MacMullin
Ever since Don Sawchuk lost his younger brother David to cancer in 1991 he has been determined to keep his memory alive and help other children living with the disease.
Sawchuck and his team from the Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centres camps for children living with cancer are holding fund-raising campaigns at universities and colleges across the province to help support Camp Trillium's recreation programs.
This week in the atrium of the University Community Centre, Sawchuck and his team are looking for volunteers and donations to help with the fund-raiser. "Our goal is to raise one dollar from every student at the university," he said.
The campaign, called 'the great loonie trek for Trillium,' started at McMaster University in November, where over $5,000 was raised, Sawchuck said. "We're hoping Western can raise three times this amount."
Sawchuck, a 25-year-old student in his second year of sociology at McMaster, will also be fund-raising for the camp when he rides his mountain bike from McMaster's campus to the University of British Columbia in May.
During the trip, Sawchuck plans to carry his food and sleep in a tent. He said he will also be stopping at various hospitals and oncology camps along the way to help patients with cancer.
By the time he leaves, Sawchuck said he hopes to have raised at least $100,000 in loonies from students.