High School To Host Relay For Life

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By: 
Perry Hibner, Community Relations Specialist for the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District
Members of the MHS Key Club speaking to the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board recently about Relay for Life.

Looking for a feel-good story after the tragic events in Boston this week?

Middleton High School, 2100 Bristol St., will host Relay for Life Saturday and Sunday. MHS will be the first high school in Dane County to put on a Relay for Life event.

Relay for Life will begin Saturday at 6 p.m. and conclude Sunday at 6 a.m. Due to the predicted cold weather, all activities will take place in the MHS Field House, Concourse and Main Gym. Nearly 320 students have signed up to participate and as of Thursday $31,891 has been raised.

An Opening Ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., followed by Survivor and Caregivers laps. Among those participating will be the Lisa and Jeff Helmuth. Their youngest son, James, a fifth-grader at Elm Lawn Elementary School, died on March 23 after a 13-month battle with a rare and unusual form of cancer.

The fundraiser and awareness program is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Half of all men and one-third of all women will develop cancer in their lifetime, according to American Cancer Society's website.

A special James Helmuth Memorial Lap will also be held at 10 p.m. Students, parents and staff  have been encouraged to wear their favorite athletic jersey in honor of James and participate.

Following that, the Luminaria ceremony will take place. During this time, white luminaria bags that have been bought and decorated in honor or remembrance of those who have fought cancer, will be lit around the indoor track. The name of each person honored or remembered will be read during these silent laps.

Relay for Life has been organized by the MHS Key Club, which has been working on the event since September and is the largest club at MHS with 196 members. There are 10 Key Club committee chairs -- Olivia Kossel, Leen Bnyat, Rachel Gunder, Shelby Bacus, Ivraj Seerha, Anna Garren, Danielle Cunningham, Angie Newman, Laura Oberwetter, Rachel Gunder and Rachel Hilgers.

Each person on a team needed to raise a minimum of $100. The goal was to raise $20,000 and have at least 30-35 teams participating. Both basketball programs held Coaches vs. Cancer games on back-to-back nights earlier this season to support the event.

The advisers of the Key Club are Mandi Maurice and Allison Warner. The Key Club is sponsored by the Middleton Kiwanis Club.

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