Today I learned about the power of a story and what a group of students can accomplish. Spruce Grove Composite hosted our 3rd annual Bike-A-Thon today to raise money for the Canadian Cancer society.
The opening ceremonies included a speech from Dr. Dave Pysyk, who has been personally affected by cancer for the past 2+ years. His story captured the attention of all participants as he described his battle with cancer and the side effects that he continues to overcome on a daily basis. His ability to hold an audience is as strong as ever, and his journey is nothing short of remarkable. The group of students and staff at SGCHS are biking on teams of 10 riders for twelve consecutive hours to raise $25,000 for cancer research and prevention. The success of the event has been based on one of our teachers, Cheryl Jereniuk taking it on and growing the event every year.
The power of Dr. Pysyk’s story and his connection to our school, combined with a group of students with the energy and creativity they bring to the event makes it one of my favorite days of the school year. It is a tremendous reminder of what can be accomplished when our students buy in and commit to making a positive difference in their community.
Dave is a teacher at Spruce Grove Composite High School.