Shelbyville teachers brave cold to support student with cancer

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The cold snap won’t stop a group of Shelbyville teachers camping out on the roof of Shelbyville Middle School.

They’re raising money for Kory Stewart, a student diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year.

The temperature had dropped into the 20s by 11 p.m., with single-digit wind chills forecast for the early morning.

“We’re excited,” said principal Ryan Mikus, one of five men staying on the roof. “We’ve got our blankets. We’ve got our heaters going.”

Kory’s mom Lea says her family has been overwhelmed by the support.

It means a lot for them to be doing this,” said Lea. “I hope they’re staying warm.”

Kory just finished his last round of chemotherapy at Riley Hospital for Children. Within days, he’ll learn whether he’s cancer free.

Around the same time, he and his family will learn just how much the community donated to help them through a tough time. So far the group has raised more than $5,000 for Kory’s family.

Lea says regardless of the result, the money will help with the financial hit the family has taken going back and forth to Indianapolis and staying at the hospital.

“We go to Riley twice a week because he goes for labs and then he went for his chemo,” said Lea. “The time that we have to go back and forth and the money that we have to spend for gas and we’re up there eating, it will really help.”

Principal Mikus and the men sleeping on the roof will be waiting by the phone for Kory’s results.

No matter what they are, they’ve already proved the school will be sticking by the family’s side, no matter what.

“He’s an extended part of our family and we’re doing what we can to help him out,” said Mikus.

The school will continue to take donations at the school during school hours, even after the men leave the roof.

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