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Photo of State Honoree Chandler Beard

Chandler Beard

Idaho

Chandler Beard, 18, of Ashton, Idaho, a senior at North Fremont High School, helped raise more than $10,000 over the past three years to benefit local people with breast cancer by organizing an annual volleyball game and breast cancer awareness night. A member of her small town's high school volleyball team, Chandler became involved in the fight against this often-deadly disease when her best friend's mother was diagnosed. "When she told us how expensive radiation was and how often she had to travel to receive the health care she needed, I wanted to do anything I could to help," said Chandler.

She contacted the radiation center where her friend's mother was being treated to find out what she could do. They suggested she raise money to help their patients pay for gasoline. With help from her teammates, Chandler began organizing an annual volleyball event to raise money and spread breast cancer awareness. After inviting breast cancer survivors to be honored at the event, team members solicited pledges in the community and donations for a raffle, placed donation cans around town, made posters to publicize the game, and sparked a competition between the town's two schools with a faculty member from each pledging to shave his head at a pep assembly if his school collected the most money. Chandler also sold pink treats and pink shirts at the game to signify breast cancer awareness. In addition to aiding patients at the radiation center, Chandler's volleyball team decided to donate proceeds from the 2013 fundraiser to their school custodian, who had recently learned she had breast cancer. "It's been such a blessing to get to know the women in my community who are breast cancer survivors," said Chandler. "I'm sure they have impacted my life far more than I have impacted theirs."