Students reach out to Hannah Day

All-day event at EMCS will raise funds to support the young girl's ongoing battle with cancer.

The story of Hannah Day and her battle with multiple cancers has gripped the province with rows upon rows of hope, then sadness, then hope again.

But despite the odds, and the fury of the disease, the young Sooke resident is not giving up – and the community of Sooke isn’t either. Happening at Edward Milne Community School on Saturday (May 28), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is a special event: Hannah Day.

Put on by the school’s leadership class, along with dozens more students and the Sooke Lions Club, the event will raise funds to aid Hannah in her continuous journey, and battle, with cancer.

One of the school’s leadership students, Madison Churchill, who is in Grade 10, felt doing an all-day event for Hannah was the right thing to do.

“They told me all about it and I felt it was a good idea to help fundraise for her,” she said, adding she gets a feeling of positivity to be able to lend a hand.

Hannah, now seven, has been fighting cancer for most of her life. She was first diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at the age of three, when doctors discovered a tumour in her stomach.

With treatments showing hope for remission, in early 2014, Hannah was deemed “cancer free” but then two months after a Make a Wish trip, a blood test showed she had leukemia.

A stem cell transplant treatment temporarily helped her condition with leukemia, but that didn’t take well to her either, as it soon returned.

Churchill said proceeds from the event will go to Hannah and her family. The event features bouncy castles, mini games and live music.

“The whole Sooke community is invited to take part,” she said.