Brian's Run helps raise funds for Habitat project

January 02, 2012
  • Runners participate Nov. 18 in Brian's Run, a 5K run/walk.
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FREDERICK, Md. — In order to preserve the dream of leukemia patient Kevin Ballantine, the St. John’s Catholic Prep Vikings for Hope Club has begun fundraising to help cover the costs of sponsoring a bedroom for a Habitat for Humanity home.

Ballantine, 23, and a family member of the school community, has been fighting a long-term battle with leukemia. Ballantine recognizes the obstacle, but still wants at least one of his dreams to be carried forward,  even if he will not be able to be directly involved.

It was from this wish that St. John’s was asked to make the dream a reality.

“I have approached St. John’s Catholic Prep and asked if the students would be interested in helping Kevin complete an unfinished dream of helping to house the homeless,” said Sandra Ballantine, former St. John’s teacher and Kevin’s aunt.  

Vikings for Hope, a school club with the goal of helping those with cancer, has taken on the project.

After brainstorming, several projects are becoming a reality in order to raise funds for “Kevin’s Room,” the title of the project.

Fundraising has been taking place within the school community and will continually reach out to the Frederick County community.

The group would like to raise enough money to furnish a bedroom for Habitat for Humanity.

On Nov. 18, Melissa Phillips organized Brian’s Run, a 5K run/walk around the outskirts of campus.

More than 80 students, parents and faculty members participated, and $2,800 was raised.   

The money is being put into a fund to build a room dedicated to Kevin, called “Kevin’s Room,” in a Habitat for Humanity home.  

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