Support and generosity continues to pour in for a six year old boy from Elizabeth Métis Settlement. Mason Marty, a grade 1 student at Elizabeth School, was diagnosed with Wilm’s tumour; a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children. Not only has the diagnosis affected Mason’s family but it’s impacted students and staff at Elizabeth School, community members within Elizabeth Métis Settlement and the Northland School Division No.61 (NSD61) community.
When news about Mason started to spread, a Conklin Community School group called “Conklin Kids Do Care
Club” spearheaded a movement to encourage everyone across NSD61 to send well wishes to the six year old boy who likes soccer, Lego and remote control cars. After information was relayed to schools and division staff about Mason’s condition, heaps of support poured in. Students, parents, staff and community members across NSD61 sent cards, presents and donations. Even a community that is over 500 kilometres away from Elizabeth School showed their generosity. On March 14, 2014, Athabasca Delta Community School hosted a bake sale and raised over $800 to support Mason’s family.
Donna Barrett, Superintendent of Schools says “It is wonderful to see Northland students, parents, staff and community members come together to make a difference in a child’s life. The Northland family is truly amazing.” “Mason and his family have been greatly touched by all the support and would like to send along their sincerest gratitude,” said David Anger, Elizabeth School Principal. “I have often heard it said of Northland School Division that when times are tough we stick together and we shine. I am amazed by the support of our Northland family, thank you!”
Mason is currently receiving treatment in Edmonton and is working towards a full recovery.