Grande Prairie Teen's Artistic Talents Support Local 'Enbridge Conquer Cancer' Riders
The shot will sound tomorrow morning to signal the start of the 200-kilometre Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.
Some people bike, while others work quietly on the sidelines.
15 year-old Hailey Allison's presence will be there, even though she won't be - through the sale of tickets to win her original paintings, she has helped Grande Prairie area rider Tracey Schockenmaier raise over $3,500.
She says her life has been touched in more ways than one by the disease.
"And also last month, someone who was a really good mentor for me when we moved here to Grande Prairie--he's a photographer and he really helped me grow. He was diagnosed with throat cancer. And hte feeling[of hearing that news] just makes you crumble when you find out that you could lose them."
She adds that she lost her grandmother to ovarian cancer and her grandfather to throat cancer, but they're not all sad stories - another grandmother of hers fought and survived breast cancer.
This will make Allison's third year lending her talents to help out the Enbridge Ride and their fundraising efforts.
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