Moved by the plight of Aidan Benoit, a 3 year old victim of a rare kind of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma, Makayla Pereira, felt she had to do something to keep Aidan’s memory alive and maybe even raise awareness against the disease that took him away at such an early age.
So, the then 10 year old from Orangeville decided to be at the frontline of the first Aidan’s walk that happened in downtown Brampton back in 2008. The event was able to raise $ 2,500 back then and this year, it raised $ 2,700. The proceeds of which all went to the James Birrell Foundation of the Sick Kids Hospital where it will be used for the fight against neuroblastoma.
For 2010, the event that Makayla started will be held on Januaray 3rd, Sunday. This time around, it will be a little more family-friendly with a 5km skate-a-thon to be held atBrampton’s Garge Park. The event will start off at 11 in the morning and everyone is encouraged to be on the venue a little bit earlier than that.