LAURINBURG — At the first Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Hunter Seat competition of the season Emilee Wilson, a student who transferred to St. Andrews this fall, was working to promote Kickin’ Cancer, a project she created to raise money for research.
She created the project in honor of her father, Mack Wilson, after he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
“My whole family went out to dinner and my Mom gave us all these bracelets that said ‘Kickin’ Cancer’ on them and we all said we wouldn’t take them off until he beats it,” Wilson said.
While she has had a lot of cancer among her family and friends, “it’s a totally different feeling when it’s your own parent,” she said.
“He’s like the Superman in our family. We rely on him so much. When he found out he had cancer he felt like he wasn’t Superman anymore.”
Wilson’s father, who has continued to work and travel throughout his illness, didn’t know about the project until he came to see the show that day.
“He had no clue,” Wilson said. “He got really teared up, and I’ve only seen him cry twice in my lifetime.”
Wilson has started the project off by selling T-shirts and bracelets. All 60 T-shirts sold within the first hour. She then started an order, making around $800 in total on the first day.
A dollar from the entry fee of each equestrian show will be given to Kickin’ Cancer. Out of the 11 schools in this region, one student representative from each school will form a committee to plan future fundraisers.
All of the proceeds are being donated to the American Cancer Society.
Kickin’ Cancer T-shirts are being sold for $15 and bracelets for $5 at all home shows for zone 3 and 4. Donations are also welcome. For information or to donate, email Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maria Dalmasso is a communications assistant at St. Andrews University.