HINSDALE —During the past school year, Courtney Karroach blended her freshman work at Hinsdale Central School with an end-of-the-year concert and fundraiser that collected $750 to be donated to the American Cancer Society.
While Karroach’s mother, Marcie, is very proud of her daughter’s achievement, she said it was tinged with sadness.
“Cancer hit our family very close to the date of the concert,” Marcie Karroach shared. “My aunt had been diagnosed with cancer after my daughter chose this topic and sadly, just a few weeks before the concert, she lost her fight.
“My aunt knew of my daughter's project and when she was asked if it was OK to include her in a video (created by Courtney) she said she felt honored to be a part of something like this that was raising awareness of this awful disease.”
Karroach, 15, said she surpassed her initial goal of raising $500 by selling $2 bracelets inscribed with "No One Fights Alone” and from raffles to win jewelry and a gift certificate to Good Times of Olean.
The fundraising project included Courtney Karroach’s school concert and her video that highlighted alumni and faculty of Hinsdale Central School who had been touched by cancer. She also taught two chorus groups the song "I'm Already There" by Lonestar to sing at the concert. In addition, she taught the chorus groups sign language to accompany the song "Angels Among Us" by Alabama.
Courtney Karroach said her paternal grandfather, who had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, also died from the disease last year, adding more reason to help the cause.
As for her future endeavors, she plans to continue on with video projects.
“Next year, I plan to do another video project, but it won’t be a fundraiser,” she said. “In my junior year I will do a fundraiser for the military.”
She chose that group as a follow-up because several family members, including her maternal grandfather, have served in the military.
Courtney Karroach added she plans to go into audio/visual and video and photography as a profession.
Marcie Karroach said her daughter’s recent video, which couldn’t be played at the school concert due to technical issues, will be posted on the Hinsdale Alumni Facebook page for all to view.
As for the current funds raised, Marcie Karroach said they plan to donate the money to the American Cancer Society in Buffalo on Sunday. The donation will be made in the name of the Hinsdale community.
(Contact reporter Kate Day Sager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter, @OTHKate)