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Betsy Combier

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The E-Accountability Foundation announces the

'A for Accountability' Award

to those who are willing to whistleblow unjust, misleading, or false actions and claims of the politico-educational complex in order to bring about educational reform in favor of children of all races, intellectual ability and economic status. They ask questions that need to be asked, such as "where is the money?" and "Why does it have to be this way?" and they never give up. These people have withstood adversity and have held those who seem not to believe in honesty, integrity and compassion accountable for their actions. The winners of our "A" work to expose wrong-doing not for themselves, but for others - total strangers - for the "Greater Good"of the community and, by their actions, exemplify courage and self-less passion. They are parent advocates. We salute you.

Winners of the "A":

Johnnie Mae Allen
David Possner
Dee Alpert
Joan Klingsberg
Harris Lirtzman
Hipolito Colon
Jim Calantjis
Larry Fisher
The Giraffe Project and Giraffe Heroes' Program
Jimmy Kilpatrick and George Scott
Zach Kopplin
Matthew LaClair
Wangari Maathai
Erich Martel
Steve Orel, in memoriam, Interversity, and The World of Opportunity
Marla Ruzicka, in Memoriam
Nancy Swan
Bob Witanek
Peyton Wolcott
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In Memory of Trevor Sims
Trevor Sims was first diagnosed with cancer when he was five years old. Five years later, Trevor and his family were informed that his cancer was terminal. With the time he had left, Trevor made a wish that he shared with the Baton Rouge community. He wanted to feed the hungry. The city of Baton Rouge came together to host the Trevor’s Wish City-Wide Food Drive during the first week of September in 2013.
          
   Trevor Sims   
IN MEMORY OF TREVOR SIMS
Trevor Sims was first diagnosed with cancer when he was five years old. Five years later, Trevor and his family were informed that his cancer was terminal. With the time he had left, Trevor made a wish that he shared with the Baton Rouge community. He wanted to feed the hungry. The city of Baton Rouge came together to host the Trevor’s Wish City-Wide Food Drive during the first week of September in 2013.

The Trevor’s Wish City-Wide Food Drive grew to include multiple cities, parishes and even crossed state lines. The combined efforts of so many in our community, all inspired by Trevor, resulted in the collection of over 34,000 pounds of nonperishable food items and over $64,000 in monetary donations. The current total is equivalent to 350,953 meals for those in need. Donations are still coming in as part of Trevor’s Wish.

Trevor passed away on October 16, 2013, just four days after his eleventh birthday. Although he is no longer with us, Trevor and the impact of his kind heart will stay with us forever. Each day, his actions inspire us to renew our passion for providing food assistance to those in need. We look forward to continuing Trevor’s mission.

Trevor’s funeral will be held this Saturday from 9 – 11 a.m. at Healing Place Church.

For more on Trevor, visit the links below:

Huffington Post – October 19

Good Morning America – October 17

Advocate – October 17

WBRZ – October 16

Facebook – Trevor’s Wish

a simple wish, a lasting legacy
BY GEORGE MORRIS, gmorris@theadvocate.com
October 17, 2013
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Trevor Sims, the 11-year-old boy whose desire to help the homeless inspired many in Baton Rouge and sparked a local food drive, died early Wednesday.

Judi Davis, who oversees the cancer ministry at Healing Place Church, confirmed Sims, who had recently entered hospice care, died at 4 a.m.

Sims was diagnosed with Stage 4 embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma five years ago, a cancer that causes tumors in soft tissue.

The first tumor appeared behind his nasal cavities and left cheek and extended into the back of his throat and base of his brain.

Eleven months of chemotherapy and six months of radiation treatments sent it into remission, but it reappeared along Trevor’s spine.

Treatment achieved remission again, but the tumors returned in his lungs and throat, making breathing and swallowing difficult.

When doctors diagnosed his cancer as terminal, Trevor’s mother, Allison, and staff at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge asked him for things he wanted to do before he died.

One of his answers was to feed the homeless.

“At one point, my mom, she couldn’t work because she had to watch me because I had cancer, and we didn’t have no food because we couldn’t afford any,” Trevor said in August.

“So, I thought it was so bad for us that nobody should have to be hungry.”

Jeanne McCollister McNeil learned of that wish when Trevor appeared at a Healing Place Church worship service on July 28, and she organized a citywide donation drive for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Named “Trevor’s Wish,” the food drive, originally scheduled for Sept. 1-7, has continued because of the interest he inspired, said Charlene Guarisco Montelaro, president of development and philanthropy at Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

“It’s incredible,” Montelaro said. “This child has touched everybody’s hearts.”

As of Oct. 16, she said the drive raised 34,798 pounds of food and $48,391 in monetary donations, a figure that does not include $16,000 raised recently by Central schools.

Including the coming donation from Central, Montelaro said the effort has raised the equivalent of 350,953 meals.

Montelaro said there have been local food drives that raised larger amounts, but this one was unique.

“It was really more like a movement,” Montelaro said. “His spirit captured so many people’s hearts. For this little boy to have this simple wish of feeding the hungry, everybody wanted to participate.

“We had subdivisions getting bags from grocery stores wanting to participate.”

Montelaro said the “Trevor’s Wish” drive produced donations from out-of-state thanks to his story being told on social media. Select Medical, a Pennsylvania chain of specialty hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, had 16 events that raised donations for local food banks in 12 states.

She compares it with the biblical account of the small boy whose lunch of five loaves of bread and two fish was used by Jesus to feed 5,000.

“He had this little, simple wish to feed people because he had experienced it,” she said. “Oh, my gosh: Everybody who heard of his story wanted to help make his dream come true in his last days.

“It really wasn’t like a typical food drive.”

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Healing Place Church, 19202 Highland Road, until the funeral service at 11 a.m. Ourso Funeral Home of Gonzales is in charge of arrangements.

He will be buried at Roselawn Cemetery, 4045 North St.

 
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