Troutville Elementary School will once again run in the 26th annual Bank of Fincastle 5 K- 10K race. This year at the October 20 run, the school is running with a purpose besides participation. The students are dedicating the run to Elijah Dalton. Each TES T-shirt on the 102 runners from the school will feature a boxing glove that says on the back, “Help Elijah fight,” The PTA funds the participant T-shirts, but the T-shirt will be available to the community as a fundraiser for Dalton. Orders are being taken now with proceeds going to Dalton.
Elijah Dalton is a TES student fighting cancer. Over 2012 Easter holiday, he became ill and a Stage 3 Neuroblastoma was discovered in his abdomen. The tumor was so large doctors could not do surgery until the chemo shrunk the tumor enough for its removal.
Elijah is he the son of Tanya and Allan Dalton. The family has been going back and forth with Elijah to Duke Medical Center in North Carolina for treatment.
Dalton has had chemotherapy and the surgery he needed. He faces more chemo and radiation in the future.
“The T-Shirts for non participants are on sale. The school has sent home a flyer to all of our student body,” said PE teacher Bev Hart who along with guidance counselor Lynette Saville, spoke of the TES school family concern for Elijah. “Our T-Shirts are being made by Mojo Sportswear in Daleville. We had to get three bids and he gave us a really good deal. Mrs. Saville and I explored the colors signifying childhood cancer. So our run team shirts will have light blue and white on a darker blue background in tie dye.”
“Elijah came to Back to School night. Our students, teachers, parents and faculty function like a family,” said Hart who said she was unbelievably touched by his presence. “we are all concerned about Elijah and his family.” Saville has noticed the students want to help. “We are probably going to sell wrist bands as a fund raiser in support of him at the actual event, too.” The teachers are also sponsoring a “Denim Day.” Saville said, “Teachers will be able to raise funds by donating to an Elijah fund in order to wear denim as a less formal dress code for a Friday.”
T-Shirts are on sale to the community. The cost for an adult shirt is $14 and a non participating youth, $12. Contact Mrs. Stinnett, Saville or Hart at 992-1871 or preferably at firstname.lastname@example.org with an order or to make a donation for Dalton. paid orders need to be in by no later than October 5.