Cystic Fibrosis Awareness/Overcomers Week at Lake Local Shares Info, Offers Inspiration
Life is not always easy, but it is possible to carry on and live a productive life. The key is to overcome and never give up! These are key messages students at Lake Local Schools are learning from powerful examples offered by a fellow student and staff members, whose life stories prove that overcoming adversity can be done with a positive attitude and strength.
A Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Awareness/Overcomers Week is now underway throughout the district, with special emphasis at the middle and high school. Samantha “Sam” Riordan, a middle school math teacher and Head Cheer Coach for high school cheerleaders, has CF, and school Principal Brian Reed thought it was important to share with students her ability to cope with this condition.
(Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs.)
The idea then expanded to recognize other staff members who have overcome major obstacles; Annie Yost has a daughter with cystic fibrosis, Mary Beth Long has overcome breast cancer, and Adam Booth dealt with the passing of a parent when he was a student at Lake. Lake High School student Austin Coldsnow is also being recognized for living daily with juvenile diabetes.
Starting late last week and continuing daily through this Friday, videos are being shown during homeroom period at Lake Middle School, and elsewhere in the district, allowing the staff members and student to briefly share their personal stories.
“We want to create an awareness that you don’t quit! We see all too often students who are not equipped to deal with challenges, and they give up,” began Lake High School instructor Katie Arthurs. “We have seen so much support from everyone for all that has been planned during this week,” she added.
Examples include colorful posters created by middle school students in the Art Enrichment Class that state “you may see me struggle, but you’ll never see me quit,” while each classroom door at the middle school has been decorated by students and staff in honor of the week.
Fundraising is another component of this week underway at the district, with a goal of raising funds for CF research and patient care. Purple CF T-shirts have been sold to staff and students, and those buying them were asked to wear them yesterday (Monday, Feb. 13, 2017) and Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 during the home Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball games at Lake High School. Any middle school/high school students wearing a purple shirt will be given free admission to the Feb. 17, 2017 Blue Streak home basketball games.
Attendees at the games will see both JV and Varsity basketball players wearing purple CF T-shirts during the games, and purple socks in support of CF Awareness/Overcomers week. The socks were donated to the players by the Lake Athletic Boosters.
During half time of the Varsity game, Ms. Riordan will be briefly honored by several speakers, including Principal Reed and Sam’s doctor, Dr. Kimberly McBennett, from University Hospitals in Cleveland.
Orders for a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts were taken from staff throughout the district as well, as another fundraiser for CF; final orders were accepted yesterday. Delivery of the boxed donuts to all customers will be Thursday, Feb. 16.
In addition, 11 different themed gift baskets will be raffled off next week. (Community members are invited to purchase tickets to win a basket. Cost is $5 for 10 tickets.) The baskets are currently on view (and raffle tickets are being sold) at the middle school office, but by Wednesday they will be moved to the high school main office for viewing and ticket sales, then will be on view for viewing/ticket sales during the basketball games Friday.
Finally, the baskets will be displayed at the Paint with a Twist shop in Green, where two different painting sessions are being held as fundraiser events to benefit CF beginning at 2 and 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 (President’s Day). Complimentary cupcakes will be provided during the painting sessions. View link 1 and link 2 for details about these special painting sessions.
Plans call for Sam Riordan to select the winning raffle tickets for each basket at the conclusion of the second painting session at the Paint with the Twist shop Feb. 20; winners do not need to be present to win. Winners will be notified that they won a basket Tuesday morning, Feb. 21, 2017, and baskets will be available for pick up at the main office at Lake Middle School.
(In photos below, Lake Middle School staff wear their purple T-shirts during Cystic Fibrosis Awareness/Overcomers Week underway at Lake Local Schools.)