The dearest thing for school students is their pocket money, but when 5,000 students come together to give up their pocket money to fund cancer research at the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), you may as well fast revise your opinion. To mark World Cancer Day on February 4, these children will participate in a run organised by Tata Memorial and The Terry Fox Foundation, India.
Rekha Shahani Jagasia, principal of Kamla High school said, "Our school is observing the Year of Health and Research. We only told our students that by saving money and not eating a packet of wafers and drinking a soft drink, they will be able to collect enough money for cancer research."
S H Jafry, spokesperson, TMH, said, "Last year, the students run donation was almost Rs 80 lakh."
More that 40 schools will participate in the run, which will start from Nariman Point and culminate at the Cricket Club of India. The run is organised to keep the legacy of Terry Fox alive, who had run the Marathon of Hope in Canada in 1980 despite suffering from bone cancer.