ILMS Mini Relay For Life 2019

ILMS Mini Relay for Life 2019
Posted on 05/21/2019
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Indian Lake Middle School celebrated cancer survivors and honored those close them who have lost the fight during their annual Mini Relay for Life. 
6th grader Dalton Hurley was thrilled to have his mom, Brittany Burger, there to walk the Survivor Lap to kick off the event.
Burger said, "It's awesome to be here! I wish I could have done it last year, but I was still in treatments."
A year ago, Burger was at the Ohio State University Medical Center James Cancer Institute for a rare form of stomach cancer called peritoneal mesothelioma. 
Hurley recalls the ordeal, "When mom was sick It was absolutely horrible."
Burger said, "He really had to help me a lot."
Burger was joined by fellow cancer survivors Gayle Dye, Julie Dague, Ray Swisher, Lorna Brunson, and Ken McCullough. ILHS Teacher Amber Shively, who triumphed over a recent bout with breast cancer, also walked with a supportive group of high school students. 
Throughout the Relay for Life ILMS students walked the track at Laker Stadium in groups by grade levels. They also participated in art activities, games, face painting and more inside the school. The cool weather put a damper on the normal fun of the dunk tank. The events raised money for the American Cancer Society through donations, food sales and the purchase of tickets/prizes. 
In addition, many students wore their yellow shirts in honor of long-time ILMS teacher Jean Newmeyer, who passed away from complications of sarcoma cancer last last year. She led the 2018 ILMS Relay for Life with her family. 
The 2019 event raised more than $4,000 in just half a day. 

Watch a video of the Survivor Lap here.