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5 Questions: Concord teen seeking to repeat fundraising in honor of teacher with cancer

Last year, when he found out his math teacher had cancer, Chase Haines of Concord organized his fellow Rundlett Middle School eighth-graders to raise money and run in the Rockin’ Race in her honor.

Naming their team “Calcul8ing a Cur3” for their cluster, 8-3, the group inspired about 100 students to run and raised $3,000 for Concord Hospital’s Payson Center for Cancer Care.

This year, Chase is 14 and a freshman at Concord High School, and he’s looking to keep the fundraising going in advance of the race, scheduled for May 16.

Were you surprised when you saw how much money your team raised last year? I didn’t think we would raise that much money. I was happy and surprised at the same time, it was weird, but it was a good feeling though.

What was it like when you told your teacher about your project? She came back to school to visit everybody and it was kind of a happy-sad moment, everybody got to see her, but she was in chemotherapy at the time.

What’s your goal this year? This year, we’re hoping to double the amount of money to $6,000 or $9,000. And last year we had about 100 people that signed up, but we’re looking for 150 or more this year.

What’s it like going back to your old school to recruit the current 8-3 cluster? It’s different. Everybody seems so young and to see everybody, all my teachers teaching all these younger kids, it’s a little weird. I was a little intimidated, but I figured I’m a freshman and they’re eighth-graders.

What have you learned from this experience? I think it’s definitely helped me with public speaking and getting out there, helping other people and proving you can make a difference.

(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or
spalermo@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)

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