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Lockerby celebrates 20th anniversary of the Kids Caring for Kids Cancer Drive

The community is invited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lockerby Composite School’s “Remembering Laura Cotesta, Kids Caring for Kids” Cancer Drive on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm in the Caruso Club’s Lower Hall.

Guests will enjoy an evening of food and music with guest speakers, including Mayor Brian Bigger and members of the Cotesta family. A special video presentation will highlight the campaign’s 20 years of success. Some $700,000 has been raised to date for local pediatric cancer services through the Northern Cancer Foundation.

“This year marks an important milestone in our tribute to former student Laura Cotesta,” says Lockerby Composite School Principal Craig Runciman. “Laura started the campaign while she was attending Lockerby and fighting her own battle with cancer. She saw cancer only as an obstacle, one that she was determined to overcome.”

He added: “This event will bring together staff, students, alumni and members of the local community to recognize and honour Laura’s vision.”

Laura Cotesta viewed cancer as an opportunity – an opportunity to raise awareness and to fund a pediatric cancer care facility in Sudbury. Tired of traveling to Toronto for treatments and unwilling to wait for someone else to take action, Laura took up the challenge and, with the help of friends, founded the “Kids Caring for Kids” Cancer Drive.

After realizing her dream of graduating from high school, Laura left Lockerby and subsequently passed away. Her quiet courage and perseverance remain her legacy.

Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of 10 and can be purchased by calling Lockerby Composite School at 705-522-1750 or the Northern Cancer Foundation at 705-523-4673. Proceeds will go to the “Remembering Laura Cotesta, Kids Caring for Kids” Cancer Drive.


Media Contact:

Craig Runciman, Principal, Lockerby Composite School,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-522-1750.