Denham Springs student leads fundraiser for track coach battling rare cancer

Denham Springs student leads fundraiser for track coach battling rare cancer
Ada Ishler, 14, wanted to find a way to help her former track coach, Scott Mayfield, who was diagnosed with cancer in summer 2019. (Source: WAFB)

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (WAFB) - A Denham Springs student organized a fundraiser in hopes of helping her former track coach who is battling cancer.

Earlier in the summer, Scott Mayfield, the track coach for Denham Springs Jr. High, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. As he undergoes chemotherapy treatments, Mayfield has to travel out of town in order to see a specialist.

One of his former track students, 14-year-old Ada Ishler, wanted to find a way to help her coach. She was inspired to organize the Team Mayfield Mile, a one-mile fundraiser in which anyone can sign up and run for a good cause.

Scott Mayfield is a track coach at Denham Springs Jr. High.
Scott Mayfield is a track coach at Denham Springs Jr. High. (Source: Caring Bridge)

The run took place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at South Park on Vincent Road in Denham Springs. Participants can register online or at the event.

Aside from some guidance from her parents, Ishler has been taking the reigns of this project, according to her mother Lana Register.

Register said Mayfield had the gift of getting students excited about athletics, including her daughter. Mayfield was a mentor to Ada, and he got her excited about pole vaulting.

Runners will be given a "Team Mayfield" wristband.
Runners will be given a "Team Mayfield" wristband. (Source: WAFB)

As a way to pay it forward to her mentor, Ada hopes to raise money to help lighten the financial load for Mayfield and his family.

For more updates and details, visit the event’s Facebook page.

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