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June 22, 2018

6/8/2018 10:07:00 AM
DMS Students Provide Support to Ethan Shining Light Foundation
Proceeds from this year's Penny War at the Dodgeville Middle School have been recently donated to a cause that has touched many lives.
Ethan Smith was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in June 2006, at 23-months old. He went through 3½ years of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. After a relapse in August of 2008, Smith's older sister Lilly donated bone marrow for her younger brother, in December of 2008. After a cancer free year in 2009, a relapse in January 2010 would start another round of treatments at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. He was admitted on April 12 2010, and passed away almost a month later on May 6, 2010.
His memory inspired the creation of Ethan's Shining Light Foundation. In reference to it's mission statement, the foundation was created "to provide support and Iowa County pediatric patients, their families, and to organizations dedicated to finding a cure." The foundation provides scholarships to people interested in medical field careers, as well as careers in fire, rescue, teaching or social services.
On Monday June 4, student representatives of the sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes at DMS presented a check totaling $531.53 to the Ethan's Shining Light Foundation. Receiving the check were Jenny, Travis and Gabe (Ethan's brother).
DMS teacher Jackie Kamps said that the kids had the idea of selecting the foundation as their recipient.
"Ethan would have graduated with the eighth grade class," Kamps said. "We kind of think of this as an eighth grade graduation."
Jenny Smith, Ethan's mother, was truly touched to receive the donation from the representatives.
"He (Ethan) was amazing, and he loved school. Being a part of everything," Smith said. "It meant everything to us."

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