The 585 students and 80 staff members at Peakview Elementary, along with the entire school community, are fighting cancer with love and Legos.
For five years, they have rallied around the Miller family; 9-year-old Justin, 11-year-old Kelly, mom Lori and dad Jeff. Kelly was in kindergarten at Peakview when her little brother was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was just three. Now she’s a fifth-grader and he’s a third-grader, going through his fifth bout with the dreaded disease. Throughout their ordeal, the Miller family has had the love and support of the entire Peakview community.
“The school has been phenomenal,” said Lori Miller. “The teachers are spectacular, the students are amazing.”
This year the school took their support of the Miller family to the next level, raising $1,500 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.
Justin is one of five St. Baldrick's Foundation 2012 Ambassador Kids, who represent thousands of youngsters touched by childhood cancer.
To raise money to help find a cure for cancer, the school hosted something called "Justin's Lego Project," because Justin loves Legos. His schoolmates brought in small bags of Legos, then each class made a Lego creation that was auctioned off during the school carnival. They also held a “Hats Off to St. Baldrick’s” day and collected donations from families and friends.
On June 4, the school held an assembly to honor the Millers and present them with a giant check for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. It was a school-wide celebration of compassion and caring.
“They truly care about Justin and his family,” said Peakview Principal Nickie Ware. “They are very selfless. It’s not about them, it’s about others. Our teachers and their families have instilled that in them.”
For more information about St. Baldrick’s Foundation, visit www.stbaldricks.org/.