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HC Student Wins OFSAA Character Athlete Award!

Mackenzie Curran
Holy Cross student Mackenzie Curran was a recipient of the 2014-15 OFSAA Chararacter Athlete Award.

Holy Cross student Mackenzie Curran has been named as a recipient of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) Character Athlete Award for the 2014-2015 school year! The OFSAA Character Athlete Award celebrates the efforts of the exceptional student-athletes in Ontario who inspire those around them with their involvement on the playing field and in the classroom, in both school and community. The following is the news release from the OFSAA announcing the award:

"Mackenzie is a grade 11 student at Holy Cross in Kingston, so involved in sport and her community it’s difficult to know where to begin.

She volunteers to share her story Journey through Cancer and a Bone Marrow Transplant, spreading her message to other schools and groups: “never give in and you never give up.” She has given this message at Terry Fox runs, and as the welcome speech at the Relay for Life, and has become an active spokesperson for the donation of blood and bone marrow – all while maintaining at least a 90% academic average.

Through the “Miles for Mackenzie” program, the Canadian Blood Services and One Match raised over $30,000 for the Cord Bank for future Bone Marrow transplants. Other volunteer work includes a Christmas tree pick-up program that raised funds for Clothes for Kids, funding out of town care for kids through McKenna's Dream, regular visits to Sick Kids and Kingston Cancer Center, and encouraging other youth to be involved in their community.

On the sport side, Mackenzie has volunteered for the past three years to help run a local basketball league, was awarded the JUEL Ontario Basketball's first Community Service Award for Community Involvement and has had the award named after her. Mackenzie will select the future winners of the award.

“Basketball was the motivating dream in her recovery,” said her nominating teacher-coach Kelly Dixon. “Many days she has come right from doctors' appointments to practice and would not miss a minute unless she had to. When asked to be in the Santa Claus Parade for Canada Blood services, Mackenzie asked for our team to be included also.”

Mackenzie recently celebrated her one-year post-Bone Marrow transplant and it was announced by Canadian Blood Service that she would be the face for the advertising for the Christmas campaign to encourage others to give and continue to give blood."

Read the entire OFSAA news release.