On Friday, May 30, the sixth grade class at Stacy Middle School hosted a special event formed after a student, Josh Scherer, gave one of his teachers a piece of paper with a website written on it.
The website, it turned out, was established to help support his sister Lily, who is fighting a rare disorder known as Goldenhar Syndrome, a congenital disease that causes abnormalities in the formation of the face and head.
"We teachers had no idea that Josh and his twin brother, Jeremy, had a sister with medical problems," said Marilyn Gilman, a teacher in the "6-Red" cluster at Stacy. "When it came time for our team to decide on a community service project for the school year, it was unanimous."
Teachers in the school's 6-Red cluster, of which Josh is apart, sought to help the family, and did so with last week's event, which was held at Milford town Park, where students pledged a certain amount of money for each of several various activities, including hula hooping, sack races, egg-on-a-spoon races and other activities.
"We wanted to raise awareness of Golendhar Syndrome, as well as money for Lily, but in such a way as to involve all of our students in a fun way," Gilman said. We decided to hold an old-fashioned, pledge-for-activity type of fundraiser, and the Smile-a-Thon was born, taking its name from the Smiles for Lily website."
The total amount raised prior to the event was $7,000, Gilman said, and a check was presented to The Scherer Family.But those who weren't able to attend or raise money prior to the event shouldn't fret. Donations are still being accepted via www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/smiles-for-lily/110426.