LAKE PLACID - Local high school senior Emily Godin - with the help of her family, friends and the Olympic Regional Development Authority - raised $1,687.94 to fight cancer.
Held on the Olympic speed skating oval on New Year's Day, her Lake Placid High School senior project attracted several hundred people who came out to skate for a good cause organized in memory of Godin's grandmother who died of cancer this past year.
"I feel very blessed that we have kids like Emily who want to remember people and do things for others," said her dad, Darryl Godin. "Organizing this event took a lot of effort. My daughter and I brainstormed ideas and came up with the Skate for Cancer. Without the help of ORDA and the local business community, this event would not have been possible. We give a big applause to ORDA. They donated five hours of ice time. It's great that they, a state agency, look out for the local community."
Emily Godin (Photo by Naj Wikoff)
"My daughter wanted to give back in some way," he continued. "I have always been a people person. I like helping others. I thought what better way could there be to help Emily remember her grandmother, help increase awareness about meningitis, (which) attacks the central nervous system, and help draw attention to hospice? The people who supported us were fantastic."
"I have worked for ORDA for 34 years," said Danny Wood, who is responsible for the three indoor ice rinks and the outdoor speed skating oval. "I helped connect Emily with the Olympic Center Manager Denny Allen. ORDA cares. We are glad to be able to help."
"I feel good," Emily said. "There have been a lot of tourists, locals and donations. Far more people came than I thought. My grandmother passed away from cancer earlier in the year. When it came time to do a senior project, I wanted to do it in her memory. I wanted it to be a community project as well. My dad and I discussed ideas and we came up with the Skate for Cancer with all the money raised going to the American Cancer Society. It would be nice if someone else would carry this idea forward and make it their senior project next year."