Michiana school recognizes 3 cancer fighters at dance marathon

Bremen High School hosted its 4th Annual Riley Dance Marathon Saturday.

It's a student-driven, year-round commitment to raising money for Riley Hospital, which of course helps sick kids.

The first Riley Dance Marathon was actually organized back in 1991 by an Indiana University Student.

These students did a whole lot more than just dance. They were playing games, swimming, eating, and making cards for other cancer patients and more.
But it was the theme of the event that really seemed to stand out.

There's a theme here at Bremen High School and it has a whole lot of meaning and only takes 3 letters to spell out.

“SPB, Shine for Seth, Pray for Dylan and Believe in Brock,” says co-director, Melissa Manges.

In June of 2012, Dylan Shumaker was diagnosed with a type of spinal cord cancer.

“The type that I had normally hits men over 40, the age of 40, and I’m not even close to hitting that,” says Shumaker, “The wrestler in me, I don’t, we don’t like giving up at all.”

After 33 treatments of proton radiation in six weeks, he was in the clear, and then…

“On Friday, October 12th, Brock, one of his good friends Brock Meister, was having double vision and blurry vision and headaches, and things he had been fighting for a while but it was bad so they diagnosed him with germinoma, which is a very rare form of brain cancer,” continues Manges.

“We didn’t know what was going on or anything so I just didn’t know what to say or anything. I was just really scared,” says Meister.

But Brock says after treatment everything is good. But then...

“One month after that, on November 12th, Seth Young who is a 5th grader in our cooperation got diagnosed with ALL, leukemia,” says Manges

So after spending hundreds of hours putting this all together...

“Especially tonight we can now see that it’s all so worth it and you know, to see the kids face and to know what we are doing is creating so much good, it’s totally worth the time and the loss of sleep,” says student, LaurieAnne Wickens.


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