Syracuse cheerleaders to celebrate Marli with fundraiser

Thursday , August 14, 2014 - 7:12 PM

Standard-Examiner staff

SYRACUSE — Cheerleaders are meant to emotionally pick others up and celebrate -- and that is exactly what they intend to do for those who knew Marli Hamblin.

On Saturday, the Syracuse High Cheer squad will host a balloon launch fundraiser at 7 p.m., at Founders Park, 1500 S. 1900 West, in Syracuse.

All proceeds will go to the Hamblin family to help with medical bills related to the tragic driveway accident involving Marli Hamblin.

Denise Taylor, a mother of a Syracuse High cheerleader, said the cheerleaders are their own cheer family and take care of each other. 

“They want to celebrate her and want everyone to know how amazing she was and that she touched everyone’s life,“ Taylor told the Standard-Examiner on Thursday. 

The 15-year-old Syracuse teen was accidentally run over in her driveway while sunbathing last Friday. She died two days later, but the family has opted to donate her organs to give life to others.

This school year would have been Marli’s first year as a high school cheerleader.

”90 percent of the team is made up of people who met Marli just this summer, but you would never guess, they are all so close,” Taylor said.

Since her passing, students and community members have taken to social media under the hashtag #SyracuseStrong to share the grief and fond memories of losing four of their classmates since late July.

“Our girls are so eager to do something (to help the family), but they don’t know what they can do, it’s not like you can bring back Marli.” 

Taylor said the fundraiser would be able to help in two ways: remembering Marli and helping the family with funeral and medical costs.

The fundraiser will have balloons for sale to launch at 8 p.m. They will also be selling shirts and bracelets that have the words “Marli’s Miracle” imprinted on them.

Funeral services for Marli will be held Aug. 18, at 11 a.m., at the Syracuse West Stake Center, 1600 S. 4500 W., in Syracuse. Friends may also visit family Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1867 N. Fairfield Road, and Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the stake center prior to the funeral. Marli will be buried in the Syracuse City Cemetery. 

Contact reporter Cimaron Neugebauer at 801-625-4231 or Follow him on Twitter at @CimaronNews or on Facebook at

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