Event raises money for young kids with cancer

The 15th annual edition of Splash & Dash takes place Nov. 5

Before she was 20 years old, Montrealer Sarah Cook had been diagnosed three times with a bone cancer known as Ewing’s sarcoma. After years of treatment and chemotherapy, Cook has been cancer-free for five years.

As a way of giving back, Cook and her family created an annual event called Splash & Dash to raise money for other sick kids. The 15th edition takes place on Nov.5. The fundraiser is a Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation flagship event supported by Sarah’s Fund of Cedars that provides programs and services like music and pet therapy for young patients with cancer and their families (on Sarah’s floor of the hospital).

There are various races that involve swimming, cycling and running. Families with children of all ages can participate. The main event is the Heroes and Celebrity relay race where children from the oncology ward, who are feeling well enough, run alongside Olympians and local Bell Media personalities. To date, Splash & Dash has raised close to $2 million.

There will also be a family expo featuring inflatables, a limbo competition, face painting, arts & crafts, balloons and food. This part is free for race participants but costs $20 per family or $10 per person for non-participants. The event takes place at the McGill Sports Complex, 475 Pine Ave., from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

For more information, visit splashanddash.ca