Kids skating to raise money for aunt with cancer

Dave Mathieson
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Andrew Cotton takes his scooter over a jump while his cousins, six-year-old Cooper Purnell (right), seven-year-old Colby Purnell (centre), and their friend, seven-year-old Mateo Loppie, watch. 

SPRINGHILL – Some Springhill stunt-riders took to the street on their scooters in Springhill on Thursday to raise money for their aunt, Anne Wood of Springhill, who is going through cancer treatments in Moncton.

“We skated last night for five hours, and we went another five hours today,” said 11-year-old Andrew Cotton, who was doing tricks on a ramp with his cousins Colby and Cooper Purnell and his friend Mateo Loppie.

They were skating in their great grandmothers driveway on Main Street in Springhill and, not long before the wrapped up, they had raised $20.

“The grand finale is to take the money down to the bank and give it to the Cancer Society of Canada,” said Cotton.

Wood was diagnosed with cancer two months ago.

“It’s in the lymph nodes,” said Renovia Cooper, who is the great grandmother of Cotton and the two Purnell brothers.

She said she is proud that the kids came up with the idea to help their aunt.

“I feel wonderful about it. It’s a great idea,” said Cooper. “They’re all good kids.”





Organizations: Cancer Society of Canada

Geographic location: Moncton

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