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JAMin’ for a good cause

The JAM Dance Marathon to raise money for the Play 4 Jake Foundation and the Mayfield family will be held on February 3rd from 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. (CST) at the Civic Auditorium, bringing the New Carlisle and La Porte Communities together.

JAM is an acronym that stands for Jake West and Mark Mayfield. West and Mayfield both passed away due to undetected heart conditions, West a Slicer and Mayfield from Cougar. The JAM dance marathon is to raise money and raise awareness of undetected heart conditions.

Any high school student who attends La Porte or New Prairie High School is invited to come to JAM. The attire is casual, so wear clothes that are comfortable to move around in such as workout clothes or jeans. There will be a DJ, concessions, dancing, and giveaways.

The cost to get in is $5. The Mayfield family is setting up a scholarship fund in the memory of their son. The money that goes to the Play for Jake Foundation will go towards heart screenings held at La Porte and New Prairie High School.

“As for me, seeing the two schools come together to honor and remember our boys warms my heart knowing that Jake and Mark are still on the minds of so many. Raising awareness is key to help prevent such tragedies from happening and what better way to come together and join as one in this fight to make changes and make a difference in the lives of so many,” Julie Schroeder, gym teacher for NPUSC and Jake West’s mom, said.

During the JAM dance marathon there will be a slideshow with pictures of West and Mayfield. There will be shirts being sold with their sports numbers on them.

“Anyone that knew Jake knows that what his family and friends are doing in his honor would put a huge smile on his face. I can see it vividly and I take comfort in knowing while here on earth he touched many lives with his humor and kindness and now I find comfort in knowing we are focusing on the health and well being of all children and young adults by raising awareness of undetected heart conditions and providing free heart screens. Being proactive is so important and in turn will save lives,” Schroeder said.

An after school club at New Prairie High School called HOSA, Health Occupations Student Association, is a club that allows students to explore careers in the medical field. HOSA competes at the state level every April in Indianapolis in different events. This year their event is called Community Awareness. It is a service project designed to raise community awareness of a health or safety related issue of local, state, or national interest.

“We thought about different disasters during our planning, but we realized that a tragedy, like the sudden passing of Jake West and Mark Mayfield, is truly a disaster. My group decided to go with this idea and to raise awareness for undetected heart conditions. We came up with the idea of a dance marathon after seeing how big of an impact the Indiana University Dance Marathon has made on the lives of many,” Megan Boyd, New Prairie junior and event organizer, said.

It is sure to be an event to remember and one that will bring two communities together in order to celebrate the lives of two great men and to hopefully save the lives of others. Let’s JAM.

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