Ross Hardy is an exceptional 13-year-old.
Not only is he sensitive to what others are feeling, he also has a strong desire to help.
He couldn't help when his friend's mom, Kelly Lynne Hannesson, was dying of cancer, but he wanted to deeply.
"He'd found out through the year that she had cancer and always said he wished he could do something," commented Ross' mom, Cindy Hardy.
At a June Scouts meeting, the answer came to Ross, but it was too late to share it with Hannesson.
"He came home and he was so excited," said Hardy. "He likes Scouts, but I'd never seen him so excited after a meeting."
Ross's assignment, to complete the last step in earning his Chief Scout's Award, was to organize a larger project. At that meeting, he decided to organize a cancer fundraiser walk/run in Hannesson's name.
"Three days later, she passed away," Hardy said.
Shortly after Hannesson's death, Ross approached his friend's dad to see if the family would be okay with him organizing the fundraiser.
"He [the dad] extended his hand and told Ross, he'd be honoured," explained Hardy. "We've just kind of been going from there."
The event is set for Saturday, rain or shine, at the Walnut Grove Secondary School track and park. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. with the walk or run starting at 10 a.m. Ross is asking participants to donate a minimum of $5 per person and all donations will go to the Canadian Cancer Society in Hannesson's name.
The walk is 3.4 kilometres and the run is 5.4. While Ross has been very involved with the organizing and will earn his award as a result of the event, his idea will give him something more.
"When you're a kid and you don't feel that you can do anything, I think it was something he felt he could do for his friend and his friend's family," Hardy said.
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