ILES Mini Relay for Life 2019

ILES Mini Relay for Life 2019
Posted on 05/13/2019
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Though the event got moved inside, the ILES Mini Relay for Life was still a celebration of those who have survived cancer and a rally of hope for those who continue to battle. 
ILES parent Brittany Adams was declared cancer free just a few months ago. As a busy mom of four, including twins Ava and Bella in the second grade, she was stunned with a diagnosis of thyroid cancer last fall. She was just 29 years old. 
"This took us by shock and really uprooted our family for a while. The girls, all the kids, were so scared," Adams said. 
She had a partial thyroidectomy in November and tests in January indicated she needs no more treatments at this time. 
"Luckily it was the slowest type of thyroid cancer, but there's no good kind of cancer," explains Adams.
She and her family took part in the Survivor Lap around the main hallways of ILES, along with several other survivors with ties to ILES including Lorna Brunson, Pam Hershberger, Pam Breakey, Marge Leiss, Kathleen Vance and Kerri Motter. 
The theme of this year's Relay was "Never Lose Hope." The entire ILES student body and staff gathered in the gym for a group photo prior to the start. 
Students walked the hallways 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. 

Watch a video of the Survivor Lap.