Team Myla Pays it Forward

Bismarck - We all know someone who has been affected by cancer.

One local organization is working to raise funds for those battling the disease right here in our community.

Team Myla Paying it Forward is truly an outstanding group in the Bismarck Public Schools System.

The team came together in 2012 when Myla Wescom, a teacher at BPS, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Her coworkers, friends and family started raising funds to help Myla with medical bills -
But her courageous battle ended 4 years later, in 2015.
Now, her team continues to carry out her legacy.

"She would be so happy to see that this is happening. She's looking down at us," says Pam Ihmels, Recepient of Donation.

When Myla Wescom's battle with breast cancer ended in 2015, her loved ones decided to keep giving back in her name.

"It's a promise that I made to help keep things going for her. She was my best friend," says Robin Nein, President of Team Myla, Friend of Myla.

Team Myla hosts 5K's and other fundraising events in the community - 
and has already donated to 9 teachers and 3 students fighting cancer.
Pam Ihmels is one.

"I received a card from team Myla and I just started crying, because it just came at the right time. I was very indebted to them during that time because I just didn't know where the funds were going to come from," says Ihmels.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of this year, after spending previous years raising funds for Team Myla.

"I didn't know that I would ever be a recipient," says Ihmels.

Ihmels says it's difficult for her to explain how touched she truly feels. "I mean... that was just a blessing."

Nein says her hope is to ease some of the stress of cancer patients as medical bills pile up. "Even though this doesn't take away all the things that they have to endure, it hopefully will help at least with some of the burden."

They said providing hope and support is nothing short of what Myla would have wanted.

"She was so giving. That was Myla. Even though she was going such different stages of cancer, she was always upbeat, she was always positive, she was always hopeful," says Ihmels. 

She's still giving hope to others -- through the team founded in her memory...
Paying it forward time and time again.

What an amazing group of people doing so much good in our community.

I've heard over and over again this week how generous Myla was, and what an incredible way to keep her memory strong.

If you'd like to take part in Team Myla's 5k --- click the link below.

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