a symbol of hope, family and determination
Wednesday, April 26, 2015The sun was shining and so were the students when 236 grade three and four students from Ralph McCall elementary school in Airdrie gathered together on the Monklands soccer field across from their school. Last year Abigayle Clarke’s teacher, Mr. Doyle challenged his students to think about what they could do to make the world a better place. Abbie knew that her world would be a better place if there was a cure for Pulmonary Fibrosis. Abbie stood up in front of her classmates and told her story.
“Hello … My name is Abbie Clarke. I wanted to share with you why I wanted to make this race.
8 years ago my grandpa Chris passed away from a disease called Pulmonary Fibrosis. In the past 8 years, we have lost several family members. This last year my Auntie Cathy became sick, and died. Shortly after my Auntie Shelley got sick, we were all very scared. But she got a lung transplant in March 2015. My family seemed very scared, and sad and I didn’t quite understand what was going on. My mom explained everything but I still didn’t understand. I asked lots of questions and that helped me learn more. I found a lot of people do not know about Pulmonary Fibrosis.
I wanted to do something that I thought would help my family. I love to run, so I thought making a race for Pulmonary Fibrosis and raise money would help my family. My goal is to raise money and more importantly awareness about this disease.”
The Monklands soccer field was filled with active, energetic students as they ran around the field in support of a ‘Me to We’ story. The involvement and encouragement of her family are testimony of their love and support. As Dick and I handed out popsicles on behalf of Pulmonary Fibrosis we were energized with the youthful optimism and determination of these young people. We were excited to watch these students put all their energy into running for a purpose. Our Pulmonary Fibrosis world needs the hope of children, their belief in a cause and their strength to cross the finish line.
Abigayle invites you to join her and the community on June 5, 2016 for the Clarke Family Run for Pulmonary Fibrosis in Airdrie.
~~submitted by Moyra Martin, PFSC Board Director