Teachers Union joins event in solidarity with staff member
The Belmar Education Association has sponsored a number of participants to join an upcoming breast cancer awareness walk-a-thon. The slogan “Refuse to Lu’s” is meant to support Belmar Elementary teacher Lu Stierman
By JACK SLOCUM TAPinto Belmar / Lake Como
Published on TAPinto Belmar / Lake Como on October 12, 2022 at 7:50 PM
BELMAR, NJ — When Belmar Elementary School teacher Lu Stierman was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in February, her colleagues told her that she can step away from her work to cope with the news. Stierman, who is described by colleagues as “a rockstar,” refused to step away and continued with her work because it “brings her joy.”
What Stierman didn’t do was expect the immense support she’d receive from her coworkers and friends throughout her eight-month journey. From gifts to words of encouragement, she’d thought that she’d been given everything from her coworkers, until they decided to walk alongside her in a breast cancer awareness walk-a-thon and 5K.
“It’s been incredible, I’m overwhelmed by the support from the school from top to bottom, administration to staff,” Stierman told TAPinto. “I just feel so honored and filled with the support that our school has given me, it’s just been incredible.”
For the first time, the Belmar Education Association will be participating in the Mary’s Place by the Sea Walk-a-Thon and 5K, a breast cancer-awareness event that is slated to take place this Saturday in Ocean Grove. After securing a grant, the Belmar Education Association was able to sponsor participants and make special t-shirts, which sport the words “Refuse to Lu’s,”, for the event. Association officials added it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of a number of local sponsors including Beach Music Studios, TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como, 10th Ave. Burrito, Brandl and The Stone Pony, where Stierman works in the summers.