A ten-year-old girl is walking from London to Sarnia to raise money for childhood cancer support.
Faith’s Footsteps started Tuesday morning at Emily Carr Public School.
Faith is walking nearly 100 kilometres over three days with her father, Dave Abbey. They expect to arrive in Sarnia by Thursday, where Faith will meet with another cancer survivor named Hope. The idea, as Dave says, was Faith’s.
“Two years ago, she wanted to do this walk, and we thought, ‘that’s a lot of walking for an eight-year-old.’ She bugged us and bugged us,” says Dave. “This October she’s going to be turning eleven, and we just thought, [since] her and I are the same size now — unfortunately for me — if I can do it, she can do it too.”
Faith was diagnosed with liver cancer when she was just 18 months old and has been cancer free for eight years. Dave says he couldn’t be more proud of her.
“Just watching how far she’s come from when she first got diagnosed… it’s not an easy thing for anybody,” says Abbey. “Every day, I think of the kids [going through what she went through], and how much she’s grown, and how much this walk will help her with overcoming other obstacles.”
When Faith started her plan, the goal was to raise $10,000 for ChildCan.
They’ve now raised close to $12,000.