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The Suburbanite
  • Community rallies around teacher diagnosed with lukemia

  • The Lake Local community is rallying around Emily Lavy, a kindergarten teacher recently diagnosed with lukemia. Friends have planned a special family carnival event to raise money to help offset ballooning medical bills.

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  • Emily Lavy is facing one of the greatest tests of her life.
    The Lake Local kindergarten teacher is battling lukemia, but she isn’t doing it alone. She has the love and support of an entire school district and community.
    “She’s going to make it,” Lavy’s friend Melissa Anderson said. “She keeps telling people, ‘I want to come home (from the hospital) and I’m going to come home.’”
    To prove that Lavy is going to get home and beat the disease, Anderson and a large group of volunteers have planned a fundraising event to help offset Lavy’s growing medical bills.
    From 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday Grace United Church will host a family carnival event that features games and activities for children, a dunk tank and inflatables. Children will also have the chance to see a fire truck, police car and ambulance up close.
    Menu items including hot dogs, pizza, chips, nachos and popcorn also will be sold.
    “This is one of  own,” Anderson said of putting the event together. “Her passion is to teach our children and, now, she needs our help.”
    Raffles will be offered throughout the event and several items will be auctioned off. Included in the auction are Ohio State football tickets, Cleveland Indians tickets, Kalahari passes and a 42-inch TV.
    Admission into the carnival is free for adults. Children’s tickets are $5 each with a maximum of $20 per family.
    For more information contact Melissa at 330-354-4771.