Community members who have survived cancer, some for a few months and some for several years, walked hand in hand with students for the annual Indian Lake Elementary School Mini Relay for Life.
Karen Frymyer is just nine months past her lymphoma diagnosis, now in remission. Her daughter-in-law, Teri Frymyer, beat melanoma 30 years ago. They walked the Survivor Lap to kick off the event with their great-granddaughter and granddaughter, third grader Alayna Brunk.
Karen says she was glad to have the strength to make that lap after all she’s been through.
“Everybody thought I was so strong. I thought I was weak, but they’ve really supported me and it’s great to have family.” Frymeyer continued, “That was exciting! Of coarse, we walked with Alayna. I think she was proud to have us and we were proud to be here.”
Several other survivors with ties to Indian Lake Elementary participated in the Survivor Lap, including Lorna Brunson, Rhonda Butler, Carol Cerwinsky, Gayle Dye, Brenda Foreman, Pam Hershberger, Shirley Kiggins, Marge Leiss, Bill Nevers, Jean Newmeyer, Shirley Tracey and Chris Winder.
The theme of this year’s Relay was “Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back.” The entire ILES student body and staff formed a giant heart on the football field prior to start.
Students walked the track throughout the day and purchased activity cards to play games and participate in activities in the ILES gym.
The annual fundraiser continues through Friday with a Boys vs. Girls Coin War. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
The ILMS Mini Relay for Life will be held May 22nd.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.