The happiness she spreads to others brightens every day Chloe Van Eck is the daughter of Jennifer and Todd and sister to Madeline, in ninth grade, and William, fourth grade. Chloe is a student that shows perseverance. School work and social situations can sometimes be tough and Chloe always takes the proper steps to make the right choices. Described by her teachers as having a strong sense of leadership, Chloe is a helper at school to many other students. If someone is struggling, she is there to help! Her genuine kindness is obvious to both her classmates and adults. “We have watched Chloe stop bullying situations and suggest better strategies,” staff at Crestwood report. “She is the type of person who will stop and ask someone if they are doing okay even if she has to go out of her way to help.” Chloe volunteers to visit a Korean War veteran—“adopted” by her family—who suffered a brain tumor and has no family of his own. She enjoys playing games and working on puzzles with him, helping him with yard work at his home and generally just loves spending time with him. She is trying to make a positive difference in his life. Chloe is always most excited to spend her own money to give to others less fortunate. Each Christmas her family purchases gifts for the Operation Christmas Child program through their church, but Chloe insists on using her own money, too. Chloe has a Christ-like attitude when she makes sure other people’s needs are met before her own. With a smile on her face every day, Chloe always asks, “What can I do to help you today?” Her energy and caring are obvious, as well as is her magnetic personality, determination and energy. She is known for consistently looking out for other people, being sincere, tender-hearted, kind and loving. The happiness Chloe spreads to others brightens their day. She is the type of student who has already made the decision that nothing is too hard. A tennis player, Chloe also enjoys playing the piano, swimming, horseback riding, boating, saltwater fishing, singing and vacations. She is a member of Calvary Church, where this year her Sunday School group is committed to memorizing the entire third […]
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Event is this Friday and Saturday; every Relayer has a story by BETH ALTENA Impressive numbers—$2.46 million raised and last year over 400 cancer survivors honored in the survivor’s lap of Rockford Relay for Life—prove the event is incredibly successful, but misses the point of the real impact of Relay. Carol Delp-Korzeja said the event is about cancer survivors and the money raised is for research to fight cancer for more survivors celebrating more birthdays in the future. “It’s not about the money,” Delp-Korzeja said. “Every person has been touched by cancer, has had someone in their family fight cancer, has known someone who was lost to cancer.” Every relayer has their own story to tell and reason to Relay. Rockford’s Relay for Life is an American Cancer Society fundraiser, a 24-hour event, which kicks off at North Rockford Middle School at 3 p.m. Friday, May 19 with the Rockford Fire Department leading the first lap around the track. Events take place all evening and night, with popular favorites such as the Miss Relay event (the man dressed as Miss Relay receiving the most tips wins) with the theme of Miss Birthday Princess, and the silent Luminaria lap with luminarias dedicated in the memory of a loved one, which takes place as dusk falls over campsites and booths. Cancer survivors are the guests at Relay for Life and Delp-Korzeja hopes even more will take the survivor’s lap—one of the most emotional moments of an already inspiring event. A brunch for survivors begins Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. followed by the survivor’s lap at noon. “We don’t really have set goals, but if we did, I would like to see more survivors,” said Delp-Korzeja. “If we have 425 survivors, that would be wonderful.” For Delp-Korzeja teammate Karole Murphy of the Desperate Housewives team, Relay is also about survivors. She calls the event “the most gratifying, tiring and emotional 24 hours of the year. In my profession as an oncology nurse, I am witness to hundreds of people every year that have been told ‘You have cancer,’ “ Murphy described. “Many are present in my care during their battle because they need help in the fight. Some victoriously leave cancer behind, but not forgotten. They are […]
This All-Star has entrepreneurial spirit Ayden Kraai, 10, is the son of Tim and Christine Kraai and brother to Avery, 8, and Ellyanna, 4. Crestwood teachers and staff describe Ayden as a kindhearted student who is trustworthy and puts others before himself. “At school, if a student is treated poorly, Ayden will support that student in any way possible,” they report. Ayden is an excellent math student. Although he would never boast about how easily these skills come to him, he is willing to assist others who do not find math as easy. In all respects, Ayden is a determined student who is not easily discouraged or dissuaded. He wears a perpetual smile and is an eager learner. Always quick to lend a helping hand in any situation, Ayden is a compassionate person who takes others’ feelings into consideration. He is not afraid to stick up for someone or something if he feels it’s the right thing to do. Baseball is one of Ayden’s favorite activities and he was picked for the All-Star team for the Wolverine Baseball League for spring season in 2010. Ayden also has a mind for business as he manages a vending machine at a local Rockford merchant’s office. Hobbies include shooting BB guns, archery, and building things. He attends Frontline Church in Grand Rapids and has been a Cub Scout for two years.