Middleton teenager hosts 5K to support childhood cancer patients

MIDDLETON, Wis. (WMTV) – A Middleton High School junior is taking her annual fundraiser for a local cancer center a step further this year.

Divya Goel started “Help Fight Childhood Cancer” almost seven years ago. She has raised funds for the UW Carbone Cancer Center to support children battling cancer.

“I just want to make their stay in the hospital easier and make them feel like they’re at home rather than in the hospital. So the first few years I made donations such as coloring books , pencils and markers. Then later since COVID hit I was only able to make monetary donations. We were able to raise $1500 the first time, then with t-shirts the second time we were able to raise $2,000,” Goel said.

This year, she wanted to increase her goal to $10,000, so she decided to hold a 5K run in Madison. The almost 17-year-old says it took a lot of work to organize such a big event, but she knows the outcome will be worth it.

“This year my focus is on raising awareness so I wanted to be aware of childhood cancer and that’s one thing unfortunately. I want to be able to say we’re there for the kids and we see them and they’re not the only ones fighting,” Goel said.

The 5k run/walk will take place on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Elver Park starting at 9 a.m. She hopes that 200 to 250 people Register. It costs $25 to join, which includes a t-shirt. 100% of proceeds will go to the UW Kids Cancer Fund. They are also looking for volunteers to help during the race and for more companies to become sponsors.

Poster Help fight childhood cancer 5K.(Divya Goel)

Goel said this year the cause got even more personal for her. “Unfortunately a family friend of mine had leukemia in January which definitely changed the situation and made me look in a different perspective and see how the treatment is definitely affecting them. So being able to help them as much as possible and making them as comfortable as possible is really what I want to do,” Goel said.

The teenager thanks her family for helping her organize the event. “My mother definitely helped me. She is the race director and my sister is the technology coordinator. She designed the website and filled in sponsors and stuff. My mom helped find sponsors and publicity,” Goel said.

She also expressed her gratitude to several Middleton High School teachers and counselors who helped her coordinate the event and spread the word about the registration.

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