Teen's fundraiser benefits GPS cancer support group
Cathy Weaver can’t quite get over the recent $1,000 donation she received for her nonprofit cancer support organization, Guide Posts of Strength.
Because it came from a local teenager.
Matt Dale, a senior at Southwest Guilford High School, raised the money through a 1K race he organized for his senior project. He presented the check last month.
“Most kids in high school are just trying to make enough money to put gas in the car, and he was able to raise $1,000 and donate it to us,” said Weaver, the founder and executive director of Guide Posts of Strength, or GPS. “I just thought it was a very touching gesture and an incredibly wonderful surprise. I think it tells you a lot about Matt’s character.”
After planning and promoting the event during the fall, Dale held his 1K race on Dec. 8 at Southwest Guilford. He was able to raise the money through T-shirt sales — he designed the shirts himself — as well as through entry fees and additional contributions the day of the event. About 75 to 80 people, mostly fellow students and their families, participated in the fundraiser, Dale said.
The event had personal meaning for Dale, he said, because he had a grandfather who died of leukemia and an uncle who died of brain cancer.
He chose GPS because he had volunteered with the organization the past two summers, which helped him develop an appreciation for what the nonprofit was all about.
“I liked how their focus was all about the cancer patients and making them feel more comfortable and prepared for going through their cancer journey,” he said. “They have some really good programs. I also figured that by donating the money to Guide Posts of Strength, I could see the money be used to help people here in the Triad.”
This past summer, in particular, Dale and other volunteers distributed information about GPS to cancer patients, making them aware of the organization and its array of programs.
Founded in 2010, Guide Posts of Strength provides newly diagnosed cancer patients with trusted expert information through its website, through innovative programs and through personal mentors.
Weaver said that as GPS continues to grow, gifts such as Dale’s offer encouragement.
“What a remarkable gift,” she said. “It gives me affirmation that what we’re doing through Guide Posts of Strength is really speaking to people.”
Dale, the son of Ellie and Jeff Dale of High Point, is vice president of the National Honor Society at Southwest, plays varsity baseball, and is a member of Covenant United Methodist Church.
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