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'She's an inspiration to all' (6 photos)

Thursday, May 01, 2014   by: Donna Hopper

A dozen people left White Pines Collegiate and Vocational School yesterday with a lot less hair thanks to the school's Cuts for Cancer event organized annually by teacher Michael Maione.

Among those participants was Grade 12 student Kelsey Hroch (pictured) who was also presented with an Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year award for her dedication to the Algoma Residential Community Hospice (ARCH).

For the past four years, Hroch has been selling handmade keychains, bookmarks, and zipper pulls to raise essential funds for ARCH.

As a result, she's donated more than $30,000 to the hospice and hopes to reach her $40,000 goal by the end of June.

She was inspired to begin fundraising after losing her father to cancer when she was just 11 years old.

"After my dad's death, there was so many changes in my life and I wanted to keep the memory of him alive," she said during her address. "I chose ARCH because of the home-like environment that they provide for terminally ill patients. Seeing the amazing work that they do, I know it would have been a more pleasant and personable place for my family to be during our difficult time."

"To have such a young lady show such perseverance and dedication for an amazing cause is inspiring," Lee Skinner, fund development coordinator for ARCH, told "She's an inspiration to all, not just to those in the school, but the community as well."

Hroch told us she feels honoured and excited to have been presented with the Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year award, and is confident she'll reach her end goal.

"Being here for four years and having my fundraising adventure, I'm sad it's coming to an end, but I'm looking forward to moving on," she said.

While Hroch doesn't have any immediate plans to start a new fundraising venture once the current one is complete, she said that it has become an integral part of her life and will likely continue her charitable efforts in the future.

For more information about ARCH, please click here

To learn more about the Canadian Cancer Society, click here

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bugalugs 5/1/2014 12:06:25 PM Report

A true inspiration! Wish more young and older people were like her, what a world it would be!
Pakadeva 5/1/2014 1:07:49 PM Report

Awesome, inspirational young lady! Congratulations Kelsey, you are a great example to other kids & the community at large. Your drive & attitude will take you a long way in life, you deserve any recognition you get, so, take it gracefully & keep going. I'm sure all of SSM is proud of you:)
Go Kelsey!!!
~~BrOwN EyEz~~~ 5/1/2014 2:03:44 PM Report

Way to go girl!! Congrats on all the hard work you do! You truly are a inspiration to everyone
Eagles Fan. 5/1/2014 3:48:31 PM Report

Having never met you nor your father, I'm pretty sure he would be incredibly proud of his little girl!! Awesome story!! This city needs more youth AND adults like you!!! Thank You for all that you have done!!
psjj 5/1/2014 8:10:19 PM Report

Being a Father myself I can imagine how difficult it must have been for your Dad to know he was leaving you at such a young and vulnerable age.He is definitely
gleaming with pride at this moment I am sure. You are amazing and an inspiration for a generation.
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