LCVI’s 13th annual Trish Peter Spirit Run was held on Thursday, October 6, 2016 where over 600 Spartans showed up decked out in their brightest pink to show spirit and support for the cause.

Trish Peter was an LCVI Spartan whose kind, loving, and friendly spirit was infectious to anyone she spoke to. She was very involved in school activities, loved fashion, and her favourite colour was pink. When she graduated, she was valedictorian of her class. In 2000, she was diagnosed with Osteo Sarcoma at the age of seventeen. While seeking medical treatment, the long trips to Toronto took a toll on the financial stability of her family. In 2004, the community organized a twelve-kilometre walk to raise money to help with her medical expenses. The walk was hugely successful, and Trish’s wish was that the event would be held every year to support families in the same situation as hers. The Trish Spirit Run at LCVI has continued each year ever since. Sadly, Trish passed away July 30, 2004, and Trish’s Wish was founded in 2005. The Trish’s Wish Foundation raises money for youth between the ages of 17 and 25 who have been diagnosed with an illness or involved in a serious accident.

Students were released at 10:00 a.m. to participate and watch the day’s activities, which included events such as a three-legged race and tug-of-war. It was a beautiful day for the walk; “Trish always shines down on us with the beautiful sunshine,” said Mrs. Kelly Whyte, Guidance Counselor at LCVI.  At 10:30 a.m., Spartans began their walk around Lindsay dressed in their most extravagant pink outfits. Several students participated in the two-kilometre race. Sadie-Jane Hickson won the race overall, with her sister, Maggie-Jo Hickson, placing second, and Emma Couette taking third in the Girls’ Division. Couette said she runs because, “Other people can’t, so we do. And we give

[money] to a good cause.” In the Boys’ Race, teacher Mr. Warren Graves won first place, Tyler McGill came in second, and Cy Canning won third place. The school raised over $3900 for the Trish’s Wish Foundation this year.

Trish Day is one of the most admired spirit days at LCVI. Michaela Zinsmeister, LCVI student, said, “This is definitely one of those spirit days everyone has in common. They all are affected by cancer.” Even after thirteen years, the spirit is still alive, “You can see it when you look out at our school field and it’s just full of pink people,” commented Claire Allore, also an LCVI student.

The walk/run was followed by a barbecue, with all proceeds going to Trish’s Wish Foundation. In the afternoon, students were dismissed to watch the Girls’ Rugby team play a seasonal game.

The 14th annual Trish Peter Spirit run will be held next October.

Go Trish!

 

To find out more about the Trish’s Wish Foundation and to donate, visit http://www.trishswish.org/

Article and photos by Koral Lambert.