RMH Fund Run raises close to $30,000

Staff representing more than 30 hospital departments took part.

Staff representing more than 30 hospital departments took part.

Nine-year-old Austin Ardron raised close to $2,000 for this year’s Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation Fund Run, in honour of his grandma.

Janet Ardron was a lab technician at Ridge Meadows Hospital and participated in every Fund Run since it started. The lab traditionally entered a team each year and always had fun with costumes, T-shirts and catchy team names.

However, Janet passed away suddenly in January from an undiagnosed brain tumour.

For the past few years, Austin has participated in the Fund Run, for which his father, Jeff, is a major sponsor. This year, in honour of his grandma, Austin deciding to collect pledges for the run, and brought in close to $2,000.

In all, the event raised close to $30,000, which will go towards the hospital foundation’s commitment of $700,000 for essential health care equipment for the hospital, to fund programs in the community that encourage healthy living, and provide educational opportunities for medical staff.

More than 300 people, representing more than 20 teams – and representing 30 departments at the hospital – took part in this year’s event, held Sunday at Fairview elementary.

John Graham of Maple Ridge won the 10 kilometre race.

Nathan Wadhwani of Maple Ridge won the 5 km race.