By Cindy M. Cranmer
Anyone who believes that one woman can’t make a difference has never met Chloe Haddad. Haddad raised about $700 to fight cancer by donating her time, talents and items. Some friends joined her at her fundraising event with their wares bringing the expected total at more than $1,000.
Additional items also will be sold by Haddad’s eight-year-old daughter, Lile, and Lile’s friends on Friday and Saturday during Rockford’s Relay for Life. The relay runs for 24 hours from 3 p.m. Friday, May 10 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at East Rockford Middle School.
Haddad, who is a certified personal trainer, also donated her services to hold boot camp classes at Powerhouse Gym. All the proceeds went to Relay for Life.
Haddad was a 24-hour walker at Relay for Life last year. Her son, Eli, 11, had a classmate, Claire Kowroski who lost her five-year battle to cancer last spring.
Kowroski’s battle is where the concept became a part of her son Eli’s life, her family’s life and the lives of the families of other Valley View Elementary students.
Haddad has also been a supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She had a cousin who received a wish before dying from Cystic Fibrosis and remembered her smile when she got her wish.
“You cover that last mile exhausted thinking you’ll never do it again then you cross the finish line and see the kids smiling and grateful,” Haddad said. “Knowing I can help put smiles on kids’ faces like the smile on my cousin’s face with these wishes just touches my heart.”
Rounding out the family event are Haddad’s husband, George and six-year-old son, Rowan.
Lile was definitely a boost to the fundraising selling magnets, raffle tickets and scarves and leg warmers made by Haddad’s mother, Jan Langton, and great aunt, Sandra Patch. Lile and her friends, Jordan and Taylor Rogers, also made pens with duct tape flowers and bows to sell. 100 percent of their sales went to fight cancer.
“Raising money is really nice,” Lile Haddad said. “It feels really good to pay it forward.”