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Team Spencer Fun Run

What is Team Spencer?  Our goal is to raise money for the Spencer Meyer Benefit Fund for the Meyer family to go towards medical expenses.  Runners in the Fifth Third River Bank races (any race) will wear orange Team Spencer shirts & collect donations from individuals and businesses. 

Spencer Meyer is a 7 year old from Hudsonville who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2010.  He overcame many obstacles and was doing well.  As far as the family knew, Spencer was on the path of remission.  In February of 2012, after a year and a half in remission, Spencer relapsed and the cancer was found in his spine.  In March 2012 Spencer started an intense three year chemotherapy regiment.  Current road blocks in his treatment have included pancreatitis, brain swelling, epilepsy, and intense emotional issues.  

Spencer enjoys puzzles and is a big Star Wars fan.  He has an older sister Mikayla, who attends Georgetown Elementary, 9, younger brother Vincent 5, who attends Bauer Elementary, younger sister Tiffany 3, and a baby sister Quinnly.  Spencer’s parents, Jason & Jodi, are both teachers at Hudsonville High School.

If you would like to know more about Spencer’s journey, you can follow him on  His ID is one word:  spencermeyer

I am looking for kids and adults who are interested in joining Team Spencer for the junior run, 5k, 10k, or 25k. The 5/3 junior run will take place at the old Roger’s High School on May 8, starting at 5:30pm.  The 5/3 Riverbank 5k, 10k, and 25K will take place downtown on May 11 with the 5k starting at 7:20 am.  We will be collecting donations again, selling orange Team Spencer 2013 t-shirts and Team Spencer wristbands.  Proceeds will go to the Spencer Meyer Benefit Fund.  If interested, please contact Michele Sytsma at cmsytsma@sbcglobal.net616-662-2858, or find Team Spencer on facebook and ask to join. 


TEAM SPENCER adult runner form

TEAM SPENCER KIDS RUN Donation Form 2013

TEAM SPENCER kids sign up sheet 2013 2


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Team Spencer Shines


It was a sea of orange all over Georgetown on Friday.  In honor of Spencer, we sported Team Spencer shirts, shaved heads and walked.  Many of our staff and students raised money for the Georgetown FUN RUN.

Five staff members (Mr. Rob, Mr. Gort, Mr. Bowen, Mr. Bialochowski and Mr. Kooiker) promised to have their heads shaved if 100 students participated in the run.  We reached that goal and the school itself raised over $5,000 to help the Meyer family cover medical expenses.  In addition, several of our students shaved their heads to support Spencer in his fight against cancer.

The Shaving Begins
Bald and Proud

News 3 was on hand to cover the event.  You can watch it here:  Georgetown supports TEAM SPENCER    There are two more events ahead, the May 9 5th/3rd Fun Run and the May 12 Riverbank Run.  Michele Sytsma, a Georgetown parent, is organizing both events.


One of my favorite sites of the day was  watching Spencer’s class participate.  Check out this line of orange kindergarteners walking for their buddy, Spence!

Spencer's Friends
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TEAM SPENCER: Riverbank Run Events

Chad and Michele Sytsma, Georgetown parents, have created TEAM SPENCER…an event around which everyone from our school can support the Meyer Family.

The 5th/3rd Riverbank Run has two events and you are invited to participate in one or both.

The form attached below is to show register for TEAM SPENCER.

Once you are registered, the Sytsma’s will send a SPONSOR form which will help you collect money for the Meyer family.

Thank you for your support!  This is a great event to help us support the Meyer family and our Spencer!

AND…Mr. Kooiker has agreed to shave his head if we can get a large group of kids to participate.  Let’s shoot for 100 kids!  We can do it!


If you would like to participate in the ADULT TEAM SPENCER on the RIVER BANK RUN DAY (May 12) please complete this flyer:

Adult Team Spencer Registration

Checks can be made out to Michele Sytsma.

If you have questions about either event, feel free to contact Chad or Michele at:



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Stuffed Animals for DeVos Children’s Hospital

Spencer stuffed animals

The HHS National Honor Society is sponsoring a stuffed animal drive in honor of their bravest and most inspiring hero, SPENCER MEYER!   Spencer is a pre-kindergarten student in our building who is battling cancer.  His parents are the Jason and Jodi Meyer–both teachers at Hudsonville High School.

The NEW stuffed animal drive will be going on throughout the month of January.  Please shop the holiday sales, find a stuffed animal that needs to be hugged and loved by a child patient at DeVos Children’s Hospital, deliver the new stuffed animal to the front lobby of Georgetown, and deposit it in the box by the front office.

Thank you for your support of the HHS National Honor Society, DeVos Children’s Hospital, the 100’s of recovering children who need these stuffed animals and SPENCER MEYER…our Georgetown hero!