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Eighth-grader raises St. Jude funds, tops brother’s record

FORT KENT, Maine — A Valley Rivers Middle School eighth-grader motivated by a desire to help cancer patients and their families, as well as to beat her brother’s fundraising record, did just that when she competed in a Math-A-Thon to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“I wanted to beat my brother and I wanted to raise enough money to help out,” Anderson said.

Haley Anderson, 13, hoped to raise $1,030 for the children’s hospital — $5 more than her brother, Caleb Anderson, garnered when he competed in the Math-A-Thon in 2016.  

Hailey surpassed her goal by raising $1,084, according to VRMS math adviser and Math-A-Thon coordinator Pamela Deschaines.

Caleb Anderson, now a junior at Fort Kent Community High School, held the record for raising the most Math-A-Thon funds at VRMS for the past three years.

Caleb said he is happy his sister beat his fundraising record.

“It is for a good cause, so the more money raised the better,” he said.

“I know they actually put the money into what they say they do actually put it into — fighting cancer, finding a cure for cancer, and helping families that don’t live near that hospital,” Haley Anderson added. “It helps families by paying for them to travel to the hospital and by food and stuff like that so it helps them and their kids at the same time.”

While solving math problems for the Math-A-Thon, Haley said she also learned to perform some new math skills.

“I figured out how to do Pythagorean Theorem,” she said.

The Andersons have been personally touched by cancer, as have so many families. Haley and Caleb’s paternal grandmother, Jackie Anderson, passed away from the disease in 2009.

“She was smart. She was kind. She did a lot of things that were good,” Haley said of her late grandmother. “I’m very thankful for the people who helped me reach my goal but also that were willing to help St. Jude in the fight against cancer.”

Haley said when she graduates from high school she either wants to become a nurse or a carpenter.

Kevin and Janice Anderson of Fort Kent are Haley and Caleb’s parents.

For more information about St. Jude Children’s Hospital visit their website.

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