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Russell High School Purchases Cranford Jersey
Russell High School Purchases Cranford Jersey
Posted on 01/06/2016

Russell High School Staff Purchase
Cranford Hockey Jersey in Fundraiser for
Canadian Cancer Society

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(Pictured above: Staff from Russell High School recently donated $621 to the Canadian Cancer Society, proceeds from their successful bid on a pink Ryan Cranford Kingston Frontenacs hockey jersey. Pictured, left to right, at a donation ceremony in Kingston December 29 are: Cranford, RHS teacher Kevin Kennedy, Canadian Cancer Society representative Doug Kane, and RHS teacher Brad Westgate.)

By Mark Calder

(Russell) – While Ryan Cranford is on hiatus from Russell High School (RHS), he remains in the hearts of staff and students here.

The 17-year-old right winger with the Kingston Frontenacs, who left RHS for Kingston in September, was recently honoured by his home school. School staff rallied to bid more than $600 for a pink Cranford hockey jersey in an online auction to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society.

The purchase was the brainchild of RHS teachers Brad Westgate and Kevin Kennedy, who officially accepted the jersey and donated the funds during a Frontenacs’ pregame ceremony December 29 in Kingston. The pair launched the effort on December 9 as a tribute to a caring student and talented RHS athlete. The original plan was to raise $300 to purchase Cranford’s jersey and display it at the school. The duo planned to ask $20 each from 15 teachers at RHS to make the purchase a reality.

The response was overwhelming. Within 24 hours of the launch the pair had raised more than $500 and they secured $621 by the time bidding closed December 12.

“It was amazing,” said Kennedy of the fundraising success. “We didn't have a lot of time, so to hit our goal so quickly, and then double it, was incredible. It really speaks to the kind of kid Ryan is. The staff quickly agreed it was a great cause, and that Ryan's character and his success should be recognized.

"Ryan represents the qualities that we try to promote here at RHS, and we as a staff wanted to celebrate that. And the fact the proceeds went to the Canadian Cancer Society made it a win-win situation for all involved.”

The son of Rob and Pam Cranford of Embrun is seen as a leader at RHS. He was a member of the RHS Where Everyone Belongs (WEB) leadership program, helping Grade 7 students navigate their way around their new school. He also played junior and senior basketball, varsity baseball, and varsity hockey.

While he currently attends high school in Kingston, Cranford plans to return to RHS after the hockey season ends to graduate with his friends.

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