Small body, big heart

Rose Willigar
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Seven-year-old Julian MacDonald leads the pack as he starts out on his three kilometre run on Saturday beginning at the Rotary Park in Amherst. Julian wanted to raise money for sick kids at the IWK Children's Hospital after learning the story of Terry Fox. Rose Willigar - Amherst Daily News

AMHERST – Surrounded by family and friends, seven-year-old Julian MacDonald ran three kilometres on Saturday raising over $500 for sick children at the IWK Children’s Hospital.


Starting at the Rotary Park in Amherst, Julian lead 10 runners, including his father Jason, on the run around Amherst.

“There are still online donations coming in so it will be more than $500,” Julian’s mother, June, said.

Julian’s quest began when he read the Terry Fox and Rick Hansen stories in school in September. After telling his mother about wanting to help the sick kids, June contacted the IWK and Julian’s fundraiser was underway.

Instead of running across Canada like Terry Fox, or in a wheelchair like Rick Hansen, Julian has decided to make it a run across Amherst.

“I like to run,” Julian said adding that is why he chose running as the fundraiser event.

Julian plans to make the run for cancer an annual event and invites others to join him next year when he runs for cancer awareness.

“I liked raising money for sick kids,” Julian said.

Julian’s mother said they will be making a trip to Halifax in three weeks and will be going to the IWK Children’s Hospital Foundation and presenting the grand total when all the pledges are in.


Organizations: Hospital Foundation

Geographic location: AMHERST, Rotary Park, Canada Halifax

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