SIXTH GRADER KATIE HUHTA got a little help from big sister Amber to complete a one-mile fun run at Big Lake Middle School, which raised money to help with her medical expenses.

Students run for Katie

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
Students at Big lake Middle School turned out in force for a one-mile fun run to benefit sixth grade student Katie Huhta Wednesday.
Katie, who is one the middle children in a family of 13, has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The event exceeded their goal, raising $2,951.46 for the Huhta family
“Myself and the Big Lake Middle School track team would like to say thank you to so so many of you:  teachers, staff, students, athletes, parents, family and friends of the Katie Huhta family,” said Physical Education Teacher Simona Samuleson.
“We ended up having a beautiful day for the Fun Run!  We couldn't be more proud of everyone banding together to support one of our Big Lakes students.  The support and team work was overwhelming and heart warming. “
Students and teachers paid $5 each to run or walk the mile. Runners or walkers were sent out in small groups with student guides to show the way. 
“This is pretty neat,” said Katie’s dad, Brent. “There are kids of all ages out here. Even some who don’t know Katie are excited to help her. That’s cool to see.”
Katie’s mother, Jennifer,, said it was difficult to put into words how much the fun run meant to their family.
“We really appreciate the show of support for us and for Katie,” she said. “It took us by surprise, but we really appreciate this.”
Last year, students at Big Lake’s Middle School held a similar event for then sixth-grader Richard Lange, who was diagnosed with cancer in his left arm. 
Now a seventh grader, Richard, who has since had another operation on his arm in hopes of helping his bones heal faster, was present at the fun run for Katie and helped to cheer her on.
“You are all awesome Big Lake students and Big Lake  athletes,” Ms. Samuelson said. “This is the way to represent the Big Lake community. I am very proud of all of you.”


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