Charity walk preserves legacy of Saskatchewan athlete
SASKATOON – Hundreds of people in Saskatoon came out to a charity walk in honour of a Saskatchewan female athlete on the weekend.
Mandi Schwartz passed away in 2011 at the age of 23 after a battle with leukemia.
She grew up in Wilcox, Sask., where she played hockey and was a dedicated community member.
“She was a symbol of not only hard work but also a very team-oriented person and fitness enthusiast,” said Brennan Turner, Mandi Schwartz Foundation director.
Around 200 people gathered Saturday afternoon to show their support at River Landing for a charity walk/run which included a BBQ and a silent auction.
The event raised over $28,000.
“This is a simple way that here in Saskatoon at least, we can help preserve her legacy a little, raise a little awareness for the bone marrow cancer process in terms of donating,” said Turner.
Schwartz’s sibling Jaden plays for the NHL’s St. Louis Blues while her other brother Rylan is a prospect for the San Jose Sharks. Both were in attendance.
All proceeds raised from the third annual ‘Run for Mandi’ will go to a bursary and foundation in her name. Overall, approximately $100,000 has been raised in three years.