Laker Anchor of Hope

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Founding of The Laker Anchor of Hope Relay for Life Team

In October 2010, Lakers lost one of its wonderful staff members – Michelle Chiotti – to ovarian cancer. Michelle, a 2001 Laker graduate, battled this cancer for two years. During that time, Laker students made some beautiful teal cancer ribbons for her. Students and staff talked a lot about helping others and how students can make a difference. The Relay For Life was part of that discussion.

After Michelle passed away, staff members knew they wanted to do something in her honor, and they started a Laker Relay For Life team.

With the administration’s support, the team “Laker Anchor of Hope” was created.

The team has sold many feet, stars, luminaria bags, T-shirts, carnations and has held bake sales. Staff, students and administration have come and walked at Relay For Life and they have met more amazing survivors and family members who have struggled with this dreadful disease.

As a group, the Laker Anchor of Hope has raised $99,413 since forming in 2011. As of late October 2018, with the Laker Volleyball Dig Pink event, the team will have raised more than $100,000. A special $100,000 Day is scheduled for November 19, during which multiple activities will take place. More information will be released at a later date.

The team is fully committed to the fight against cancer. Lakers is proud to have its students involved in events that are related to such a worthy cause.

In November 2018, Laker Secondary School celebrated $100K Day to celebrate the Laker Anchor of  Hope Relay For Life team reaching the $100K fundraising goal. The afternoon included a photo op (all middle school and high school students standing in the shape of a cancer awareness ribbon), a special trophy presentation, poems written and read by students, and a variety of games designed by students in health class. Posters about different types of cancer, designed by students, were displayed in the hallway.

Lakers Anchor of Hope

Relay for Like LogoPlease support the Laker School Relay for Life team by joining the team or donating HERE

Or show your support by purchasing a sign or luminaria bag at the Laker central office in the secondary school building.

Check out our Laker Anchor of Hope Facebook page HERE

As of the Oct. 24, 2018 Dig Pink volleyball event hosted at Lakers, the Laker Anchor of Hope Relay For Life team has raised $103,111 for cancer research! Great job to all of the teams, groups and organizations that helped this Relay For Life team achieve this awesome goal.  

Photo above courtesy of the Huron Daily Tribune

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