Run for sick boy raises over $1,800

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A run to raise money to help a family from the Placentia area with a young boy battling cancer has been deemed a success.

Mattie Foley raised $1,836.45 through his 42-kilometre trek from Dunville to Whitbourne. He completed the run in four hours and 10 minutes this past Sunday.

The funds raised will go to the family of Connor McGrath. The 12-year-old boy, whose family now lives in Edmonton, will spend three months in a Calgary hospital to undergo treatment for a recurrence of cancer.

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Foley, who participates in the Tely 10 road race annually, was gracious for the support he received leading up to Sunday’s run.

Thank you for supporting myself and ultimately this young man faced again with a challenge of a lifetime. Mattie Foley

“The generous and amazing support given to me by the people of Placentia is simply humbling,” he told The Compass in an email. “Knowing that you've had my back since the beginning and throughout the entire run means the world to me … Thank you for supporting myself and ultimately this young man faced again with a challenge of a lifetime.”

A campaign to help Connor’s family manage the costs associated with staying in Calgary while the boy receives his treatment was also launched through the website youcaring.com. As of Tuesday, the campaign raised more than $13,500.

Organizations: Calgary hospital, The Compass

Geographic location: Placentia, Whitbourne, Edmonton Calgary

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