History of Duncan Lake Cancer Walk:
In 2008, Duncan Lake student, Hannah Jablonski, proposed that the Student
Council hold a fundraiser to raise money for Cancer Research. Hannah was an
8th grade student on the Executive Board of the Student Council at the time.
Her adviser, Lisa Alexander, and the rest of the Council jumped right in to help
her hold the first Cancer Walk at Duncan Lake. They raised just over $500.
Since then, the Student Council at Duncan Lake Middle School has held their
Cancer Walk every spring to raise money to donate to The Van Andel Institute
Purple Community. Over $140,000 has been raised in ten years! The entire student body gets involved in the fundraiser holding fun events such as jousting
tournaments on tricycles, art shows, t-shirt sales, and much more.
Every Purple Community event donates 100% of the money raised for research
to find treatments and, someday hopefully, cures for Cancer and Parkinson's
Disease. Our past donations helped VAI researcher, Dr. Nathan Lanning, buy a one of a kind machine called the "Seahorse" which analyzes cancer cells on an
incredibly complex level. There are only a few of these machines available to
researchers in the United States. For the past two years, several DLMS students were able to
work with a researcher from the VAI and become a “scientist for the day.”
The Duncan Lake Cancer Walk has become a school tradition that students and
staff look forward to each year. We will be walking in honor and memory of those in our lives who have been impacted by cancer. Our goal is to raise $16,000 for VanAndel Institute. We hope you will consider joining us in this fight!