Two-time cancer survivor CJ Goode wasn’t expected to live long enough to attend kindergarten, and he’s been told that he likely will be diagnosed with cancer again. But this Gilbert 18-year-old is unfazed by such odds.
“I’ll kick its butt when it comes,” says Goode, a Law Enforcement student at the East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa and a senior at Higley High School. “I’m positive all the time. I find the positive in the little things.”
Overcoming leukemia and thyroid cancer is no little thing, and neither is organizing a 5K community run. But Goode has approached both with the same upbeat attitude and a desire to help others. He is currently organizing the EVIT Fitness 5K – 7 a.m., Nov. 22 at the Dr. A. Keith Crandall (Main) Campus, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa — to raise money for San Tan Valley’s Angel Acres, Inc. and the EVIT Law Enforcement program.
Entry fees for the event range from $10 to $50, depending on if the runner also wants a T-shirt with his or her name on it and other items. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact EVIT instructor Herb Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-461-4071. Runners can also register here.
Goode said that 80 percent of the proceeds will go to Angel Acres, 3738 E. Hash Knife Draw Road, an organization that provides exercise therapy through horseback riding to at-risk youth and children with special needs. At Higley High, Goode served as president of a community service club for Angel Acres.
At EVIT, Goode is a second-year Law Enforcement student and captain of his class. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the EVIT Fitness 5K will go to the Law Enforcement program, which prepares students for careers not only in law enforcement, but also in forensics, criminal investigations, asset protection, security, corrections, emergency dispatching and more. The program operates like a police academy and includes physical training and the opportunity to earn college credit through dual enrollment at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
“This program encompasses everything,” Goode said. “We learn job skills for the real world. I want people to know that EVIT is a great opportunity.”
Goode plans to major in biology or marine biology in college and is considering a program at the University of the Virgin Islands. His ultimate goal is to become a game warden or marine biologist.
Click on the law enforcement page for more information about the program.
Media contact: CeCe Todd, (480) 461-4032