Mt. Markham teenager organizes charity walk


WEST WINFIELD, N.Y. (WKTV) - A ninth grader at Mount Markham High School is organizing a charity walk. It'll benefit two causes- breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.

"It's called Mustangs Make A Difference," said Jazmine Fralick. Jazmine's grandfather has MS and she says her step mother will be diagnosed soon. Breast cancer runs in her best friend's family. So, at the beginning of the school year, she approached her mother with an idea.

"She came home in the beginning of the school year and told me she wanted to do a charity walk," said Ruth Drake, Jazmine's mother. "And i was like- Oh! Ok! Because it's a lot of work and I didn't want to tell her no because she was really passionate about it and I told her let's give it a try. So we started drafting letters to businesses and I told her what we had to do was get her friends and the school board involved to see if they could help with the student council and they offered to help."

It's been a busy few months for the 9th grader. Jazmine had to go before the school board and she also organized a committee to generate ideas. "My friends helped me and stuff because they thought it was a pretty cool idea. I put flyers up in school and around West Winfield and Bridgewater. So yeah, word's getting around."

The event is a 5K walk complete with vendors, a bake sale and a BBQ. Jazmine's entire family is getting involved. "I'm going to be helping doing the bake sale and doing the cooking," said Andrew Fralick, Jazmine's younger brother.

"We're going to bring grills and my husband is going to do the cooking," said Ruth Drake.

Jazmine didn't wait for the walk to start raising money. "Mostly all year round I sell candy bars in school." Jazmine buys those candy bars with her own money that she earned babysitting. She's also held bake sales and a Zumba benefit, which was a big hit. "I made like $200 there, lots of people came."

"I think it's the first walk that's ever been done in this area and it's a small community and I think it will bring everybody together," said Ruth Drake. "I work as an RN at Faxton St. Luke's and actually work in a surgeon's office and I actually work with a lot of breast cancer patients and I was very proud that she was donating to that cause as well as MS.

"I hope a lot of people come because it's helping people's lives so they can survive," said Andrew.

"It makes me feel great," said Jazmine. "I feel like i'm saving lives and helping people out."

The 5K walk will be held on Friday May 17th from 6-8 pm on the track behind Mount Markham High School. You do not need to pre-register, just show up.

Adults $3
Students $1
Under 5 Free

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