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CLCS students, staff rally around student battling pediatric cancer

October 17, 2012
By Remington Whitcomb ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

MAYVILLE - Some say that the four years of high school make up the best years of your life. Based on what happened at Chautauqua Lake Central School on Friday, Oct. 5, it's likely the students there would agree.

As the students of CLCS funneled into the gymnasium for their annual homecoming pep rally, the air was abuzz with excitement. Many of the students were wearing homemade togas and some donned facepaint.

As they took their seats, their anticipation for what was to come was palpable. In just a few minutes, they would watch classmate Aili Makuch shave the head of Josh Liddell, CLCS secondary principal.

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Photo by Remington Whitcomb
Josh Liddell, left, secondary principal for Chautauqua Lake Central School, shows off his newly shaved head, courtesy of Aili Makuch, right, during a the school’s homecoming pep rally on Friday, Oct. 5. CLCS was able to raise $2,700 to help Aili’s family offset the costs associated with her battle against cancer.

Makuch is currently battling pediatric cancer, and as a result of her disease, has lost all of her hair.

Though Makuch attended the pep rally for the purpose of shaving her principal's head, she had been limited in the amount of time she's been able to spend in school due to the complications associated with treating her disease.

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