August 24, 2014 5:34 pm
Updated: August 25, 2014 8:16 am

Charity walk preserves legacy of Saskatchewan athlete

Saskatonians preserve the legacy of a Saskatchewan athlete on Saturday.

Mandi Schwartz Foundation / Supplied

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.

Saskatonians preserve the legacy of Mandi Schwartz at River Landing on Saturday afternoon.

Leslie Knight / Global News

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“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.

READ MORE: St. Louis Blues’ Jaden Schwartz switches number to honour late sister

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.

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