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ILES conducts Mini Relay for Life (Audio included)

Members of our community 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 Monday.

Karen Frymyer is just nine months past her lymphoma diagnosis that's now in remission. Meantime, 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 course, we walked with Alayna. I think she was proud to have us and we were proud to be here."

Frymyer comments on the experience.

Several other survivors with ties to ILES 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 the 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.

(Pictured top: ILES student body and staff formed a giant heart prior to the Relay for Life kick off.)

(Pictured bottom: Survivor Lap participants gather at the starting line.)

(Pictured middle: Karen Frymyer, Alayna Brunk, and Teri Frymyer walk the Survivor Lap together.)

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