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Running For A Cause - "La Salle Responds" Helps Support An Explorer's Mission To Help Children With Cancer

On Sunday, November 3rd, Eyoel Kassa-Darge ’20 ran in the New York City Marathon in support of “Children With Cancer UK” and through the school’s “La Salle Responds” Program – La Salle College High School donated $500 to the cause to help Eyoel reach his goal of over $4,000.

Kassa-Darge began to run marathons for his Uncle Solomon who was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and recently passed away due to the illness. His first race was the Philadelphia Marathon for Uncle Solomon and runs in memory of someone close to him every race.

For the New York Marathon, he ran in memory of his Uncle Solomon and La Salle Alumnus and friend Tyler Whitehead ’17 – in addition to raising funds for “Children with Cancer UK.”

He finished the Marathon in 3:30 – placing 6,500 out of 53,508 runners and placed 11th out of 72 runners in the 18-25 age group – despite being only 17 years old!

Kassa-Darge has lived the Lasallian Mission in and outside of La Salle College High School – working with many children and sick at hospitals around the area and in Africa. He selected “Children With Cancer UK” due to some personal experiences he has seen with his family and healthcare for children with cancer in England.

“In my quest to support CWC I asked all my friends and family to help fundraising a goal of 3,200 pounds and I was able to achieve that through the wonderful donation of La Salle. Everyone at La Salle was so helpful in my journey it really made it so easy.”

Up next, Eyoel is training for an Ironman Triathalon in May – a 3-mile swim, 120-mile bike, 26.2 run.

Through the schools "La Salle Responds" Program, La Salle College High School holds six dress-down days throughout the year and students may participate for a donation of $5. The monies collected are then donated to a variety of organizations in response to donation requests which are submitted by the school community along with a brief explanation of the organization and the person's personal involvement with them.

To learn more about our Service and Outreach Programs, visit #LeaveToServe 


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