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Drew Aldous Walk Sept. 28 to benefit National Childhood Cancer Society

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CANTON — Six months after Margaret L. “Meg” Aldous, Canton, gave birth to her third son, Drew E., a Wilms’ tumor, cancer of the kidneys, took his life Oct. 31, 2003.

Since her son’s death 10 years ago, Mrs. Aldous has organized the Drew Aldous Walk, Run or Bike at Partridge Run in memory of Drew and to raise money for the National Childhood Cancer Society.

“Just to see all the people come out and support kids with cancer is amazing,” she said. “We have such a small community, but they always come together.”

After 10 years of walking, however, Sept. 28 will mark the last one.

Mrs. Aldous and her husband, Bradford C., have five children, Nathan B., 14, Ryan C., 12, Josh G., 8, Sara B., 6, and Ashley S., 3.

She said the walk was too much work for her to continue organizing while raising them.

Along with getting the venue ready and having T-shirts made, Mrs. Aldous organizes donations from businesses that come in as well as student groups that want to help out with the event.

“It’s just a lot of organization, and I have five kids,” she said. “I have no time to do everything, and each year it gets harder and harder to do.”

Mrs. Aldous said the walk usually brings out 150 people and raises about $3,000 for the society each year.

“I just want this year to be the biggest, best one that we do for the Cancer Society so that we have a big bang at the end,” she said.

Mrs. Aldous said that at 5 months old, no one would have been able to guess that her baby was sick. The blood in his urine, however, told doctors something was wrong.

After he was diagnosed, Drew underwent five chemotherapy treatments, one in Boston and four in Burlington, Vt.

“But then he passed away,” she said. “He was just too young to handle the chemo. His body couldn’t take it.”

Mrs. Aldous said her family keeps Drew’s memory alive by lighting a candle for him during family dinners every Sunday with her side of the family.

“He was the most amazing child,” she said. “He smiled at everybody and was happy and never cried. He lit up the room.”

She said witnessing the community also strive to keep his memory alive over the past 10 years has been an incredible experience and she is thankful to all of the supporters.

“I’m so glad I’m from a small town where people have your back no matter what,” she said. “It’s amazing to be a part of that.”

The walk, run or bike event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon, with donated prizes and raffle tickets to be given away afterwards.

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