This month, IMS presented a check to the Jane Lloyd Fund following our annual fundraising efforts to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Last October, our community sold and purchased pink accessories, wore pink socks during athletic events, and sold baked goods during games to raise money and awareness.

This year, the school raised an estimated $1,919 and has raised $14,018 to date. Jane’s sister, Donna (Lloyd) Stoetzner, works at Indian Mountain School, which makes our fundraising efforts that much more important.

During the check delivery presentation, Mrs. Stoetzner thanked the community for rallying around this very personal cause, and reminded people that their donations directly support members of our own community who are faced with serious illnesses. She read a letter from a local resident who was positively impacted by the Jane Lloyd Fund:

“I heard my diagnosis—cancer—and the world changed forever in ways I never imagined. I was afraid and felt pushed and rushed into decisions about treatment that didn’t feel right. I wanted my decisions to be grounded in a choice to live: not fear of dying. My world changed again when I contacted the Jane Lloyd Fund. I called Salisbury Family services and filled out the incredibly simple application and within weeks, the Fund took over most of my household bills. Literally. I didn’t need to do anything except forward them to JLF.”

“The Jane Lloyd Fund was one of many sources of community support which upheld me through my whole healing process.The JLF bought me time to heal. I am well again and living as fully as possible. Thank you Jane for your life and mine. I hope my life can touch even one person as deeply as you have touched mine.”

The Jane Lloyd Fund was founded by the Lloyd family to respond to the generosity of the community, which helped Jane when she was battling cancer. It is a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. If you would like to support the Jane Lloyd Fund, donations can be made with checks payable to: The Jane Lloyd Fund. These may be given to Co-Director of Community Service Sheryl Knapp, or dropped off with the receptionist on either campus.