Students walk en masse to raise money for kids with cancer

Multnomah County

Walk for Joy is on Sunday

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — More than 500 high school students will raise money for children battling cancer this weekend.

Students from all six Portland metro area catholic schools will walk over four miles to Sellwood Riverfront Park on Sunday morning for the Children’s Cancer Association Walk for Joy.

Jesuit High School has been organizing this fundraiser for more than 20 years and was joined by students from Saint Mary’s, Valley Catholic, Central Catholic, La Salle and De La Salle five years ago.

The Children’s Cancer Association provides chemo pals and music therapy for children undergoing cancer treatments at several local hospitals.

Their work had a personal impact on Jesuit High School senior Kate Haarmann and her family.

“It started out when my brother got his chemo pal match, and his name was Kevin, and he was a kid in college and he would come and hang out with my brother and play games and let my mom go home, take a break,” Haarmann said.

“They went so much farther than just making sure my brother was ok, and making sure that he was as comfortable and as joyful as he could be in that dark time. But they went even farther and they would talk to me and they would help me out and talk to my parents and they were up on the floor at Doernbecher all the time visiting with families.”

On Sunday, students will start from central locations on the East and West side and meet up in Sellwood Riverfront Park for mass.

They’ve already raised more than $30,000 towards their $50,000 goal.

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