Cancer cure trumps hockey school

Raissa Tetanish
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Twins donate pennies to seven-year-old for Canadian Cancer Society

Twins Nate (left) and Mats Stone, 10, and seven-year-old Joanna Lushman work together to empty thousands of pennies into a bucket. The twins have been saving pennies for a year to put toward a summer hockey school, however decided to donate their pennies to Joanna when they found out she was collecting pennies for the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News

AMHERST - Twin boys saving their pennies for hockey school know there are more important things in life.

When 10-year-olds Nate and Mats Stone read Wednesday's Amherst Daily News article "A penny for your thoughts", they had no hesitation in giving up their coin to seven-year-old Joanna Lushman.

Joanna is hoping to double her 2,800 pennies she gave to Daren White last year during the Relay for Life.

"I think it's really good that she's so young and doing it for cancer," said Nate.

"We wanted to do it," added Mats.

Mats and Nate have been collecting pennies in a jug for the past year and were planning on putting the money toward a summer program with Andrews Hockey Growth Programs in Prince Edward Island.

"It costs about $499 for each of us," said Nate.

The boys play for the Cumberland County AA Ramblers and will be heading to provincials in Halifax later this month.

Joanna, who was a little shy when the boys dropped off the pennies, said it was good the boys were giving up their savings to her cause and hopes they still get to go to their hockey school.

After the initial story on Joanna ran in the paper, her mother said almost a dozen people have been by to drop off thousands of pennies.

"My aunt donated 3,000 pennies alone," said Denise. "She didn't know how many there were and she was shocked when I told her there was that much."

Organizations: Canadian Cancer Society, Amherst Daily News, Andrews Hockey Growth Programs Cumberland County AA Ramblers

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Halifax

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  • Jean Strong
    March 01, 2011 - 07:53

    Lovely story, hats off to the twins and Joanna!!!!