Teens touched by Kids Cancer Care Centre help out Habitat for Humanity

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
March 31, 2017 - 1:19pm

A group of teens touched by cancer and rare blood disorders have been giving back to the community this week in central Alberta.
 
The Teen Leadership program of Calgary's Kids Cancer Care Centre was hosted all week long by Habitat for Humanity Red Deer and its Habitat Canada Builds program at a construction site in Lacombe.
 
Juancho Del Castillo's 15-year-old brother is now out of treatment, but from the time he was a toddler until about 10 years of age, he dealt with what's called pulmonary hemosiderosis, a disorder of the blood.
 
While his brother isn't in the program, Del Castillo says he's a member because of his sibling.
 
"We do outreach events in each of our cities, Calgary and Edmonton, and then we do one big service project for a larger trip," he says. "Last year, we went to the Dominican and I got to see a whole new perspective. We saw what their standard of living is there."
 
Del Castillo adds being a part of the Teen Leadership Program gives him a chance as a young person to do meaningful work.
 
"If you can give time up, even an hour or a couple hours each month, it really does make an impact," he says.
 
The Teen Leadership Program at the Kids Cancer Care Centre has been operating for six years.

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