In memory of Spencer Grace Tully, daughter of Jodi and Chris Tully and niece of Gilman Middle School Language Arts teacher Matt Tully, the MS Student Council sponsored a relay race to benefit patients at the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Cancer Center. Spencer Tully succumbed to brain cancer in 2015, one week after her third birthday. Both Chris and Matt Tully are graduates of Gilman.
Last year Middle School students held a book drive in Spencer’s name and donated over 1,000 brand new books to the Cancer Center’s library, completely fulfilling the Center’s need for books. This year, the students decided on a relay race to fill another need: electronics for use by patients.
On April 15 each Middle School boy ran or walked for a 15-minute period, one advisory group at a time. Spencer’s parents attended an opening ceremony and lit a torch, which was carried in Spencer’s honor and was passed from group to group throughout the day.
Each boy received pledges for the minutes they ran or walked. They also honored people in their own families who have dealt with cancer.
One boy took the opportunity to honor his uncle to a higher level by running 15 miles. Tony Tacka, a survivor of pancreatic cancer who is now battling cancer in his liver, joined his nephew for two laps.
More than $6,000 was raised to purchase iPads, headphones and FitBits for use by pediatric cancer patients while they are in treatment at Johns Hopkins.
“The Tully family is in awe of Gilman’s loving response and impressed with the amazing effort of the boys. The Relay was a beautiful event that honored our angel Spencer while also providing needed support to our neighbors at Hopkins. Gilman is a special place, and our boys’ empathy in this situation reveals the character of the institution,” said Matt Tully.
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