Wiley Elementary Students Fight Cancer with Mini Relay for Life

Even though these elementary students are young they are not too young to learn how to prevent cancer and fight for it too.


The Wiley Elementary School Mini-Relay for Life raised $7,334.94.

A Mini-Relay for Life took place at Wiley Elementary School with 221 students participating in the race raising over $6,500 in the fight for cancer. There were 41 small groups of students with names identifying them like Lifesavers, Fiesty Fighters, Cancer Catchers and Hodgkins Haters

The teams walked on a made-up track behind the school to raise money to help fight cancer and to learn how to prevent cancer. As the teams added up laps they would stop to gather another bead for their necklaces. They also were able to visit four stations to learn how to prevent cancer in their own lives - Learning to live tobacco free, to be active, to eat healthy and to use sun protection.

The Wiley Explosion, a group of fourth, fifth and sixth grade singers sang the National Anthem to start the race off. The first lap was walked by three Wiley Cancer Survivors, second grader Ethan Gerhke, fifth grader Michelle Bahoura and Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Maureen Langenderfer. 

Mr. Morgan Cloyd, a Wiley teacher who headed the event, said they did the event because of a student's suggestion. "Ethan and his family did the Relay for Life last year and after Ethan's sister was doing laps in the parking lot. She suggested we do a Relay for Life here at our school so she sketched up a plan of how it would work and we took it to the principal who thought it was a great idea."

Cloyd was hoping to raise some money but thought if they raised $500 he would be thrilled. "The response has been wonderful especially in these economic times. The students went to their families, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and even a few doctors all to get donations. It's been overwhelming," said Cloyd.

Morgan Cloyd May 15, 2011 at 02:33 AM
Thank you to all of the students and their families who made this a truly magical event!
Nancy Smith May 15, 2011 at 01:52 PM
What an inspirational way to "fight back" against cancer! I hope other schools will follow your example next year.
Morgan Cloyd May 15, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Final tally of money raised as of Sunday, May 15: $7,232.94 by the students of Wiley! For more information about the Shelby Township Relay for Life visit www.relayforlife.org/shelbytownshipmi Our event begins on Saturday, May 21 @ 10 am. The public is welcome to come to this great family and community event!
Melisa Watson May 15, 2011 at 08:00 PM
Morgie, This could NOT have been possible without all YOUR hard work and dedication! We are all very proud of you too! Watson and the Wiley "crew"
Jill Allen May 16, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Morgan, It was sooooooooooo awesome to watch the participation of the Wiley community in a cause that is near and dear to the hearts of so many of us. Well, the bar has been set! Next year, let's go for $10,000. I'm already thinking of some new involvement factors!! All things are possible with a lot of heart and a great deal of effort by everyone. Thank you for all your work, dear friend! Jill Allen, School Social Worker


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